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One Night in Carcassonne, where to eat well?


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#1 Vinotas

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 10:36 AM

I have one free evening in Carcassonne, a Sunday night, and was wondering if anyone could recommend a good dining experience? I know the city's got lots of tourist traps, so I want to avoid them like the plague.
Good food, nice wine list, and decent prices are welcome.
Thanks in advance!
Cheers! :cool:

#2 Daniel Rogov

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 11:30 AM

Very best dining near Carcassonne is at the Domaine d'Auriac – a hotel with a fine dining room indeed. The hotel is about 3 km. east of the city – an easy taxi ride. Be sure to call to check hours – Telephone 04 68 25 72 22

In town, consider Le Languedoc at 32 Allee Lena (Tel 04 68 25 22 17). Again be sure to phone in advance to check opening hours. Also keep in mind that you are running into les vacances, so many places will be only partly open and some closed "for the holidays"

#3 grace3

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 03:13 PM

I wioll 2nd the Domaine d'Auriac Hotel. I stayed there a few years back. The dining outside was lovely...........

#4 Dave Hatfield

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 01:57 AM

Sunday night is tough.

Probably too far away, but Les Puits du Tresor recently got their first star. Located in Lastours, 30 minutes North of Carcassonne.

Perhaps worth a try.

#5 Vinotas

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 04:17 PM

Thanks folks, I'll see what's open on Sunday night. I'd prefer not to drive as I do enjoy wine, and I'm staying right outside the walls of the Old Town (at the Mercure Porte de la Cite).
Thanks again,
Cheers! :cool:

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 08:05 AM

Any updates on Carcasonne? We'll be driving through on our way to Espelette, and prefer to avoid going into Toulouse to save time for lunch and still get into Espelette at a reasonable hour. Domaine Auriac looks too fancy for a lunch en route.

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 11:01 AM

Any updates on Carcasonne?  We'll be driving through on our way to Espelette, and prefer to avoid going into Toulouse to save time for lunch and still get into Espelette at a reasonable hour.  Domaine Auriac looks too fancy for a lunch en route.

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Hard to say. There are three starred restaurants in Carcassonne to chose from, but maybe they're too slow for what you need.
Try a Michelin search, then trust to your luck.

Given the driving times indicated on your blog are you sure its not a hotel you want?

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 11:33 AM

Jean Marc Boyer:
http://www.lepuitsdutresor.com/

#9 Vinotas

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 02:01 PM

Abra,

As I posted in my blog, we ate a very nice meal at La Barbacane. I don't know, however, if they serve lunch, but dinner was quite good.
Cheers! :cool:

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 01:58 AM

It looks like La Barbacane is dinner only, and Le Puits du Tresor is a ways off our route. Maybe Carcasonne isn't the right place to lunch? What we need is a great little bistro-type place right on the route between Narbonne and Toulouse, or somewhere on the outskirts of Toulouse.

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 05:35 AM

It looks like La Barbacane is dinner only, and Le Puits du Tresor is a ways off our route.  Maybe Carcasonne isn't the right place to lunch?  What we need is a great little bistro-type place right on the route between Narbonne and Toulouse, or somewhere on the outskirts of Toulouse.

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Abra, Ok if you are feeling brave try this. Get off the Narbonne - Toulouse Autoroute onto the A66.
Fairly shortly thereafter turn West towards Auterive. Go through Auterive to St. Suplice.

In St Souplice have lunch at:

Le Commanderie
1 PLACE DE L HOTEL DE VILLE F - 31410 ST SULPICE SUR LEZE
Téléphone : 05 61 97 33 61

After lunch continue on to the A64 & turn West to Pau and from there you will get to all the peppers.

Make sure you reach the restaurant BEFORE 1:00PM (13:00)

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#12 Abra

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 05:47 AM

By George, I think you've got it! I'll just check with the driver, but a quick map perusal and a coup d'oeil over their menu suggests that this may be it. Do you suggest reservations?

#13 Dave Hatfield

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 09:29 AM

By George, I think you've got it!  I'll just check with the driver, but a quick map perusal and a coup d'oeil over their menu suggests that this may be it.  Do you suggest reservations?

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Friday or Saturday yes, other days no. Sunday lunch Absolutely.

Let me know what you think.

#14 Abra

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 02:15 AM

Rats! I just called to reserve at La Commanderie for tomorrow and they're on annual holiday until November 8. Bummer.

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 02:25 AM

Rats!  I just called to reserve at La Commanderie for tomorrow and they're on annual holiday until November 8.  Bummer.

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I've hesitated to pipe up before now because my experience was several years ago and was recommended to me by a French colleague who thought the setting and food was nice: Le Donjon - les Remparts, no stars, forks, etc. But it was nice.
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#16 Dave Hatfield

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 05:01 AM

Like John I'm a little hesitant because this recommendation comes via a friend. I haven't eaten there myself, but I do trust my friend's judgment.

Le Puelon
19 PLACE VINCENT AURIOL
31860 LABARTHE SUR LEZE

Unfortunately I don't have a phone number to hand.

Supposedly a nice terrace & a terrific wine list as well as good food.

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 11:15 PM

I thought I would resurrect this post and ask for updates. We are planning a weeks holiday centred around Carcassonne. Any current recommendations for great food? All price points considered, but mainly interested in the mid-priced.

#18 Andy Fenn

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 09:32 AM

Phil - we're off to this area next week. Did you go, and did you find anywhere good?

#19 MacD

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 03:13 PM

The Relais Chantovent in Minerve, just north west of Carcassonne, is very good and worth a visit if you don't mind a drive - it's not very far though.

#20 Andrew

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:11 AM

Has anyone been to La Barbacane recently?

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:44 AM

La Barbacane - went a few years ago.  Nice room - very atmospheric - but very pricey for what you got.

Comet Roger, also in the walled city, has more grounded ambitions and we had a few good meals there last summer.  

Les Clos Occitan is the town itself and I also enjoyed a few meals there.

The two starred Le Parc Frank Putelat was by all accounts pretty awful.  They served an open sandwich as one of the courses on the tasting menu :sigh: and the rest of the meal was instantly forgettable.  Also, the MD took an active dislike to us & I genuinely have no idea why. Maybe we didn't order expensive enough wine or speak good enough french. It's not as if we complained about anything.  

We didn't make it to Fontjoncouse which is nearby but I've heard from a very reliable source that the Auberge du Vieux Puits was quite spectacular.