Le Lutrin is the restaurant of the Palais des Papes Hotel in the beautiful Palace Square directly across from the iconic Palace of the Popes. They serve regional food from Provence: Mediterranean flavors with plenty of vegetables, fish, and olive oil. Things like oysters with leek sauce, snails, foie gras, in short, classics of French cuisine. It's not a cheap place. There is a slightly more intimate terrace on the other side of the hotel. You should plan on spending at least 50 euros per person. You can try dishes like the fisherman-style Bourride or the Chateaubriand for two people. At lunchtime it's a bit cheaper, with includes classics like Daube of beef or codfish in aioli. Entree and dessert for 25 euros, or 12.50 euros for a single plate.
L'empreinte restaurant is located on a quiet street of dyers of Avignon. It is right between two ancient walls of the city, in one of the most beautiful streets of Avignon. On one side of the street is the church and on the other is the river. The church makes a beautiful noise while you are eating in the small room. During the summer, also they also install a terrace for eating out. The inside is a warm décor, and has a half dozen tables. It is an oriental food place that offers mostly Moroccan specialties. You can ask to take the food to go and there is a discount on the menu price. There is a cuscous meat, spicy sausage "merguez" chicken, tagines are also hot beef broth. It is generally accompanied with semolina and mix sweet and savory flavors. They offer something called pill, which is a festive dish, a large round cake with pigeon meat and ground almond on top. It is a highly prized delicacy that is usually served at weddings. You will be pleased with the staff as they very nice kind and helpful throughout your meal.
Le Palais Royal (or Royal Palace) is a nice restaurant in Plaza de la Mirande, in the south of Palace of the Popes. If you go inside the palace, Plaza de la Mirande is where you will leave after the visit (to exit the store). It's a simple restaurant with a beautiful terrace, it is very small, intimate and in the square next to Roman ruins dating from the first century. Their noon menu includes appetizer and second or second and dessert for 14.50 euros. Arugula salad with fresh tuna, Provencal birds or salmon carpaccio are examples of appetizers, for seconds wok chicken, filet of sole, beef carpaccio and always a varied seasonal dish of the day. It's quite good and the service is fast. The caramel dessert is delicious.
Tapalocas is a tapas restaurant located on Garlande street in historic downtown Avignon. The tapas are 2.70 euros each. Cold tapas include gazpacho, chickpeas with basil, coca peppers, cheese, olives, and basic meat and cheese plates (you are in France after all) and the place looks original. Hot tapas include fried cuttlefish, fried squid, prawns, fish-cakes, fried fish, and snails. The drinks are a bit expensive, around 15 euros for a bottle of wine, while the horchata is three euros and the beer more than 4. All in all, a full dinner runs about 20 euros / person. There is good music and a lively atmosphere on the weekend. Outside, there's a terrace and inside a large room with a bar.
Le Phare is a creperie. We weren't particularly looking to eat crepes, but when we saw the warm decor and the smiling waitress, we had to go inside. They have a charming terrace overlooking the church of the Cordeliers and the River Sorgues. It is a semi-pedestrianised street - the only cars allowed are those belonging to local residents. We ordered a three cheese salad, and if it came with supermarket cheese instead of rich cheeses of the region, we can not fault the price: you get a huge bowl of salad for 7 euros. We also ordered a plate that came full of hams, sausages, pates and terrines for 4 euros, an ideal snack to share. Nice for a cheap meal.
New Ground is a little bit more modern restaurant in the historic downtown center of Avignon. It has a small terrace, not as nice as some of the ones in surrounding squares because here you're on the commercial street and a lot of people are passing by and doing some shopping. The dining room is good. There's a provincial menu for about 22 euros and it includes a trout and mango pate, a plate of roast rabbit with vanilla and a dessert of clementine and rose pie. The dishes here are very original and they come with a great presentation. There are people ve don't appreciate rare flavors, the mix of sweet and sour, and they probably won't like it.
I recommend the turkey breast with terriyaki sauce pintxos and the Chinese pasta.
This is a nice little bar in the Place des Corps Sains, in the historic centre of Avignon. Here you can relax on the large terrace. There's some traffic, but not enough to be a bother. The terrace is next to the square's fountain. Inside, the bar has classic French decor, and is a neighbourhood bar with great atmosphere during cocktail hour, between 6 and 9 pm. They also serve some finger food. It's quite cheap, as it's not in a tourist area. They get more French than foreigners. Named after the beautiful convent that stands in the square, Les Célestins.
Coffee Zeste restaurant is in the square of healthy bodies in the historic area of Avignon. It is a new bar with a modern and minimalistic decoration, along with an outdoor terrace. It is one of the first terraces of the district that gets shade which is quite popular to go to around 5pm. The food is healthy, fresh and very good. They make sandwiches, soups, salads and smoothies, made from fruits and vegetables of that particular season. The prices are a bit cheaper if you order takeout. The salad costs between 4 and 5 euros, sandwiches and desserts 3.5 and 2.50. There is a menu with salad or soup over pasta or sandwich or wrap, plus a dessert for 8.50. Much fresher than a hamburger and even tastier. They also deliver lunches to surrounding businesses or you can even go and get something there yourself.
Le Cid Cafe is a cafe in the Avignon Clock Square. It's a pretty touristy place, a beautiful pedestrian square next to the Palace of Popes and the coffee is not cheap at all. Le Cid Cafe has a big terrace with modern décor and gray chairs.
They serve Provincial food like different types of fish, goat cheese salads, roast tomatoes with provincial herbs. At lunchtime they have a set menu. The service is a little rushed, but it's easy to understand that because there are a lot of people waiting. Above the restaurant there's a beautiful hotel, the Clock Hotel.
Lou Mistrau is located in the clock square, next to the city of Avignon. Its name refers to the mistral, the strong wind which blows quite often around Avignon. It is a tourist spot in the city, and the prices are pretty steep. The hotel restaurant is below the clock (de l'Horloge). They serve classic Provencal food, in addition to other typical French dishes that any visitor will surely want to eat at least once when visiting France, such as snails or beef Bourguignon. It gets very crowded in summer during the theatre festival, and the service can be a bit impersonal and rushed. However, the other bars in the square are not much better, so this bar, which at least serves good food, offers a good alternative. Lou Mistrau is located in the clock square, next to the city of Avignon. Its name refers to the mistral, the strong wind which blows quite often around Avignon. It is a tourist spot in the city, and the prices are pretty steep. The hotel restaurant is below the clock (de l'Horloge). They serve classic Provencal food, in addition to other typical French dishes that any visitor will surely want to eat at least once when visiting France, such as snails or beef Bourguignon. It gets very crowded in summer during the theater festival, and the service can be a bit impersonal and rushed. However, the other bars in the square are not much better, so this bar, which at least serves good food, offers a good alternative.
The Número 75 is a very nice restaurant in historic downtown Avignon. It's not cheap, but the atmosphere is exceptional. It's in an old, renovated house with a courtyard and lots of plants, perfect for a romantic dinner. There's also a gallery which had a series by an American photographer ve had there for 30 years. The evening menu with appetizers, entrees, and desserts goes for 32 euros, or 26 euros for two courses only. The prices on the menu are similar. The fresh pasta with prawns or ham is very good and at only 14 euros, makes for a complete dinner. For 24 euros, they also add a salad, dessert and glass of wine. The salads are very delicate and are made primarily with local ingredients and Italian dried meats, cheeses, and marinated tomatoes.
In front of the Palace of the Popes, this is a beautiful cafe with a terrace offering the best views of the city. The name In & Off refers to the theatre festival which takes place every year in mid-July: there are shows both "In", in theatres and concert halls, and "Off", in the street or casual buildings. It's a classic cafe offering good breakfasts and light lunches made from local produce. Goat cheese salad, duck breast, grilled fish ... be aware that prices are higher in peak season.
Les Domaines is one of the best restaurants in Avignon. It is perfectly located in the Clock Square, next to the Palace of the Popes. Nice for a lunch on the terrace if the weather is good. The owners are two local brothers, who serve classic Provencal food. They have an impressive wine list, with over 300 different wines. It's a beautiful place, with classic decoration, and great views over the square and the theatre. Expect to pay around 30 euros a head for a full meal.
Tanoshi is a Japanese restaurant on Bonneterie Street. It is in a popular area to go out to eat, but rather better known as a place for shopping, but this was installed a few years ago and seems to be successful. It is a pedestrian street and has a terrace. Dinner comes out to somewhere in between 15 and 30 euros per person. They offer sushi, but also Korean dishes, both hot and cold. Some are to be shared among several people, and others come as individual dishes. It is a somewhat expensive restaurant, but offers very traditional cuisine, where nothing can be changed for the European palate. Some of the traditional dishes are even prepared in front of the guests.
Le Vox is a cultural center, cinema, cafe, restaurant, and has a little bit of everything. It´s located in the watch square of Avignon which is the pedestrian area with the city hall. Le Vox has two cinema rooms where they show french movies in original version. In general they are not big production movies but independent ones. Outside there is a terrace where you can be served a light mea, coffee and drinks. They have an extense list of crepes that are very good. Inside, they also service typical cinema food like popcorn and chocolate. The bar and restaurant are a bit expensive but its an emblematic place in Avignon, ideal to meet up or have a date with someone if you don´t know the city very well.
La Cour du Louvre is a restaurant on San Agricole. The entrance is discreet, a small passage at the height of the church San Agricole. The place itself is beautiful, with a beautiful terrace full of greenery, chairs and iron tables, and a tastefully decorated. Next door is the Chapel of the Knights Templar. It´s a nice place for a romantic dinner or to celebrate something special. You can eat dinner for 45 Euros a person with a good menu and traditional dishes from the region. The description of the plates in the menu are good but nothing in particular. They are good, well decorated but the plates are simple and from the province. The wine list is good but too expensive.
This pub is located in the beautiful Cours Jean Jaures, next to the old cinema. It's a traditional Irish pub with a beautiful terrace, and the pints of beer are sold at very reasonable prices. In addition, it serves excellent traditional dishes. You can eat well here: pizzas, burgers and salads. A nice little taste of Ireland in the city.
Les Baguettes d'Or is a small restaurant that you can find behind the church of St Antoine, in the old town of Avignon. It's nice because behind the church there is a terrace, a very quiet pedestrian area perfect for eating out. There are menus at noon, and you can also order takeaways, with 10% off the a la carte serving. There are duck dishes, with hot sauce, bamboo, and coconut milk, and everything is about 4.50 euros. Fish is available too, but the type depends on what's in the market. You can eat comfortably for 10 euros at lunchtime, a little more in the evening.