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Le Formal - Caves Henri IV

32 rue Espariat, 13100, Aix-en-Provence, France
+33 4 42 27 08 31
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“tuna sashimi” (4 reviews)
Closes in 7 min
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French, European
32 rue Espariat, 13100, Aix-en-Provence, France
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11 - 20 of 739 reviews

Reviewed 22 July 2016

The dining is downstairs in what feels like a cleverly lit old wine celler hence the name 'caves'. Subtle elegance and cool from the outside temperature. This is not a big restaurant and not wheelchair friendly but this is 17th Century Aix and few establishments...More

Thank ChapInAKilt
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

We visited this restaurant the other night and found the food mediocre. To start with we asked for an English menu and the waiter just said 'we don't have one' and walked away with out offering to explain dishes to us (I must say that...More

Thank SmilesUK
Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Elegant but casual setting for lunch and, perhaps dressier in the evening. An inventive and talented chef that succeeds on his own terms, great products, beautiful and historical settings and impeccable service. The ratio price/quality is unique in the neighborhood.

Thank Papalotillo
Reviewed 27 June 2016

We dined here on June 22 and thoroughly enjoyed the meal at the time: no dud courses, good pacing, and comfortable setting in the cave. However, my husband got a very bad case of norovirus food poisoning, the symptoms beginning the next morning, which required...More

Thank happywanderer71
Reviewed 8 May 2016

we were there over 30 years ago and remember being blown away - of course new ownership, but still the same lovely room in the cave with rock walls, which you either find cool or claustrophobic. We liked it. Food was striving for creativity and...More

Thank birdwins
Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

Forgot to write a review at the time but still remember how brilliant this restaurant was. Visited last year with my french boyfriend and had the tasting menu. Each course was so delicious and perfect potion sizes. Brilliant value for money and presentation was incredible....More

1  Thank beachbumNorwich
Reviewed 20 March 2016

Refined cuisine in an unusual setting. The best is to ask a table underground in "la cave". Unique experience!!

3  Thank IsaCora
Reviewed 10 October 2015

My wife and I ate here for my 70th birthday lunch. We ate upstairs next to the kitchen door which meant that we had a good conversation with the Chef/Patron. The downstairs sounded a bit noisy. The food was excellent, two amuses bouches - one,...More

2  Thank Andy L
Reviewed 24 September 2015 via mobile

I would come back with pleasure. Delicious French cuisine with original twist. The service is friendly and professional.

2  Thank Gigi N
Reviewed 17 September 2015 via mobile

It is a bit warm in the cave. We had the seven stage menu and by stage two we were full. Was it great? I was v.ery very good. But after a while I was overwhelmed. Not by the quality, which was very good, but...More

Thank Bobrei
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
How can I make a reservation to this place? I do not speak French and am interested in going in June.
5 April 2015|
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Response from David J | Reviewed this property |
Ring during opening hours, at least one member of staff speaks excellent English.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 75
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 13:30
19:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 13:30
19:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 13:30
19:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 13:30
19:30 - 21:30
19:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 32 rue Espariat, 13100, Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur  >  Bouches-du-Rhone  >  Aix-en-Provence
  • Phone Number: +33 4 42 27 08 31