Le Fournil

"Le Fournil is the perfect combination of great food, great setting, and a reasonable price. It's built into the rock on which Bonnieux sits and the interior is arty and interesting, you could almost say 'hip' but not in an unpleasant way.But the joy of Le Fournil is sitting outside in the summer, in a little village square crowned by an old stone fountain. Here the décor and furniture is simpler, and it's a fabulous place to feel the wine take over your senses and understand what food in the Luberon is all about.

The food is modern, mixing Provence with outside influences: for instance a cappuccino of mussels and mushrooms; and roast duckling with figs, quince and honey.Fixed price dinner at Le Fournil is 36 euros, at lunch it is more like 25 euros for 3 courses."Le Fournil is the perfect combination of excellent food, fine wines, tip top service and P0rovencal ambience. The beautiful terrace is almost like a stage where the patron has the leading role and the guests play the supporting parts. In one word: Merveilleux. Also be sure to look out for the 'figue farcies de foie gras' and the 'chocolat du moment'. Both are pure excellence."

"I give Le Fournil an A+."
Floor Hendriksen, 2007
"A good restaurant with pleasant outside setting in the square. A real find."

G.B., Germany - 2008
"This is a wonderful place. The food, atmosphere and service are memorable. We always try to get back each year, don't miss it and book early."

JH - Ireland - 2009
"Just about as perfect a mood you could wish for - lunch under a canopy looking at the glistening water fountain with the ribblets of sunlight filtering through - with excellent food served by understanding professional waitering staff - dinner even more spectacular with filtered light over white linen table cloths, a wine list to kill for and food that would please the most fastidious gastronome - if this place was open through winter with a raging log fire and the Mistral blowing - it would be the French version of Jamaica Inn - without the cold intrigue of a dubious plot. 6 stars out of 6..."

Jeff Glassco, 2007
"Special place in the centre of a lovely village with a great atmosphere and a good smelling "cuisine" with simply special "effects"."

Ton - Netherlands, 2008
"Wonderful food; great setting and service. A perfect lunch in the Luberon."

Mike of The Sea Ranch - 2010
"The cave is very interesting but could also be described as a bit cold and certainly musty smelling. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. The fish was the best I've had in the region and the pate was to die for! The veal, however, was inconsistent. We had 5 veal orders. Three were perfect but two were so full of fat that neither of those people ate more than one bite. It is interesting to watch through the glass wall at the front of the restaurant to see them prepare the food. Lovely town. I'd recommend looking at the inside of the restaurant but eating outside."
Edith Hill - 2010
"More than wonderful food and a great location, the folks working the place are one of the attractions."

Domina Surprenant - 2009
"My husband and I dined at Le Fournil for lunch today (Tuesday) and were extremely impressed .... not just with the food ... I'll get to that in a minute, but the geniune passion of the owners and their waiter ..... nothing was too much trouble and we felt like locals, even though we are only two of the thousands who pass through this gorgeous village.

My entree of terrine of pork cheek was superb and accompanied with a salsa of fresh ginger and coriander. To follow .... the lamb ..... no description would do this plate the justice it deserves ..... I have never tasted such sweet and tender lamb before ..... I was convinced this was cooked sous vide .... but alas I was wrong .... To finish the 'chocolat du moment' ....... stunning! Whilst I am passionate about Burgundy, Le Fournil certainly made me forget about this great part of the world for the afternoon. Sadly we are only resident in Menerbes for one week, but we will definately head back to Le Fournil before we leave. Go there, you won't be disappointed."

Jillian Francis, Victoria, Australia - 2012
"We were driving through Bonnieux after finding a geocache and we were not planning on having lunch. However we stopped to take a photo and I had a whiff of something great cooking. I knew Le Fournil was nearby and I asked some people where the restaurant was. It happened to be right below us. In short, we had the best food of our week long trip through Provence. The mushroom soup with the pumpkin puree was so good. The bread was fantastic. My fish was also delicious. The end of the meal was the perfect creme brulee. I saw another guest take some of her bread and wiped the remaining dressing from her salad plate. The staff was so nice and I wished I could have had another meal here. Highly recommended!"

Calvin Eng - Phoenix, USA, 2012
"We gave this restaurant 10/10 for food, service and atmosphere. Everything about this meal was memorable. After many meals around these parts this ranks at the top.. Don't skip dessert!"

Kath, Australia - 2015
Le Fournil
5 place Carnot
04 90 75 83 62
Closed Monday and Tuesday; also December and January


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