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“Terrific Cuisine in a Benedictine Town”

Restaurant du Grand Saint Benoit
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 20 July 2014

We found this restaurant in June of 2013, when we went to Saint Benoit to see the fabulous church where Saint Benedict (Benoit) is buried. We looked at the Michelin guide on our I-pad and they highly recommended the Restaurant du Grand Saint Benoit. The meal was fabulous, so we made a special trip in June of 2014 to go back to the restaurant. It did not disappoint.

This is a small restaurant on a side street about 2 blocks from the famous Church. There is a small front terrace with outside tables. Each time we chose to eat outside, but the inside dining room is lovely. The food is excellent and very reasonable for the quality of food presented.

I started with a beautiful salad of smoked salmon and asparagus. My husband had a tart of rouget barbet. We both chose the special of the day which was an excellent pintade. Everything was delicious, beautifully prepared and looked artistic on the plate. We also had a lovely wine, a local Sancerre by Alphonse Mellot. Best of all, the prices were very reasonable.

There are many choices on the the menu and they have a very nice wine list. The menu is only in French and the wait staff, who are very professional, speak very limited English. Not a problem for us as we speak "French Food". I don't think it matters if you don't speak French, as everything on the menu sounded wonderful.

This is a gem of a restaurant hidden in a small town. If they were in a larger town, you would not be able to get a reservation. This has become one of our favorite restaurants in France and we are already looking forward to eating there again next year. The food here was better than several Michlein star restaurants that we ate at this year.

Our compliments to the chef and all the staff!!!! We'll see you again next trip!!

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Reviewed 2 September 2012

I agree with earlier comments, especially Pipistrellus from Dublin. The menu offers an option of prix fixe or individual dishes. The menu is in french and the staff speak limited English (although much better than my very limited French), but they were very helpful and we figured it out. I had the Dorade (a whitefish) with a wonderful sauce and my husband had the duck, both dishes were served with a mixture of mushrooms and diced vegetables. All of the food was delicious and the right size of portions, we left feeling satisfied and comfortably full. Fortunately, we arrived about 7:30 on a Thursday eve, by 8:00 all of the tables were filled.

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Reviewed 3 August 2012

We are staying 8km away in the much larger town of Sully-sur-Loire. Sully does not have a single restaurant to compare with this one in Saint Benoit. With only two reviews, I was unsure whether or not to trust the rating on Tripadvisor - but I can fully endorse the existing ratings and recommend this wonderful restaurant. They had some very interesting dishes - including Guinea Fowl on the basic set-menu - which at €28 was very reasonable value for 3 courses. The deserts were really superb. The service was excellent and they also included a couple of extras not shown on the menu - a little pre-entree taster, and petit-fours at the end. Most of the staff do not speak English and the Menu is in French - so it helps if you can translate the menu in advance of your meal.

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