If you've read any of my other reviews from this trip to France, you'll know that I hate when visiting sites that are huge tourist destinations (just don't like being amidst swarms of tourists, many of whom are only there because that is where their bus dropped them despite not having any interest in where they are. Similarly, I prefer to have lunch at a place that is a little ways away from the insanity of those sites. And for Monet's Gardens, the Auberge du Petit Val is definitely a perfect place - it is a five-seven minute drive to the gardens (directly across the river from each other) so it is horde-free. It is a beautiful stone building. The food is amazing. And the service is spectacular (they were so friendly that by the time we left we felt like we need to put them on our Christmas Card list!). Their chef makes some delicious spins on more traditional dishes to offer some creative options. One warning - you dine at a VERY relaxed pace so don't expect to get in and out quickly. And if you do have legitimate time constraints, tell your server so they can accommodate you as much as possible.
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