Below is a small selection of our favourite restaurants.
La Renaissance - Gordes 04 90 72 02 02
Situated in the market square next to the water fountain. This restaurant was made famous by the film 'A Good Year'. The menu is based on organic produce and is somewhat limited and expensive, however if you want something simple like an omelette it is a good place to sit and people watch.
L'Estaminet - Gordes 04 90 72 14 45
This is a lovely, small, intimate restaurant where we have had good food and friendly service.
L'Encas - Gordes 04 90 72 29 82
This is a lunchtime favourite. Situated opposite the castle this is a Salon du Thé which opens for lunch. It always seems busy, you can choose from a menu of salads, pizza and pasta or from the daily menu which offers 2 or 3 choices of simple but delicious food.
Casa Rosario - Gordes 04 90 72 35 56
In the summer we have family and friends staying with us and the children invariably ask for pizza. This restaurant serves great pizzas (takeaway as well), salad and pasta and sitting outside in their courtyard is pleasant on a sunny evening. Service can get a bit slow when they are very busy.
Café de la Poste - Goult 04 90 72 23 23
A well known and popular café, just off the square in Goult.
Maison Gouin - Coustellet 04 90 76 90 18
We have only used this restaurant in the winter months when many of the others are closed, that said we have had delicious meals and friendly service in an environment that is full of locals.
La Coquillard - Gargas 04 90 74 71 71
This hotel restaurant has changed quite a bit over the last few years as it has expanded and lost some of its original charm. However it is lovely to sit in their Jardin des Vignes on a balmy summer evening and eat grilled meat or fish whilst overlooking the immaculate rows of vines. It is expensive but worth it for a special occasion. The hotel makes its own wine - Aureto - which we have bought after being shown around their winery.
Le Vieux Bistro - Cabrieres d'Avignon 04 90 76 82 08
This is our local restaurant in the village and yet is the only restaurant where we are not confident in making a recommendation! When we first tried it a few years ago we were hugely disappointed with the somewhat strange menu and also the service as we were more or less ignored all evening. However we have returned since with our French neighbour and we were treated like royalty! And so give it a try it might be fine.
L'Artegal - Gordes
This is an authentic Provence restaurant and open throughout the year. It has a lovely ambience both inside and out, particularly sitting in the shadow of Gordes Castle.
Bistro Le 5 - Menerbes
This is our summer favourite, great food with the added bonus of a spectacular view in the summer months. It has recently been refurbished inside and out, there is a small restaurant inside for rainy days, but is mostly situated outside in the sun.
Other restaurants worth a visit:
L'Estellan, Les Imberts 04 90 72 04 90
Le Mas Tourteron, Les Imberts 04 90 72 00 16
Le Galoubet, Menerbes 04 90 72 36 08
Maison de la Truffe et du Vin, Menerbes 04 90 72 38 37