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Eating Out

Restaurant de la Poste

St Leon sur Vézère


One of our favourites, summer and winter. Friendly staff. Reasonable prices. Some starters are for sharing and very generous. Varied menu but includes some classic French dishes.

The litre carafe of wine for 12euros was excellent value for money.The chef was featured on the  radio station, France Bleu recently.


Best to book. Closed Mondays and Thursdays.

Le Petit Leon

St Leon sur Vézère


2022 open May- end of September for lunch and dinner
Closed all day Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
Gets rave reviews! Simple garden setting but the food really is special! The chef, Nick Honeyman and his wife Nina come over every summer  from New Zealand where they have another restaurant, Paris Butter.  He deserves a Michelin star!

Our daughter, Verity worked in the kitchen at the end of her gap year. 
If the charming Archie (Yorkshire accent) waits on you, do mention her!
Menu 55€  or 85€ Chef’s tasting menu style.
Good reasonable wine list.
You will need to book a table.


Auberge du Pont

St Leon sur Vézère


The food is good and very reasonably priced. There is a lovely shady garden terrace. They make a large range of good pizzas for eating in or take away. A few generous salads and a fairly traditional menu.


Reservations recommended for evenings.

Closed Tuesday evenings and all day Wednesday

Le Martin Pecheur

St Leon sur Vézère


Le Martin Pecheur almost feels as if you are in someone’s garden. Think picnic tables in a rustic garden by the river.  They serve cold drinks, salads, snacks and ice creams.

Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe

St Leon sur Vézère


Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe is a mini deli come cafe in a picturesque spot on the river front. It sells coffees, craft beers and small bottles of wine with yummy platters, bruschetta, pastries and more.

SmooVie Grignothèque

St Leon sur Vézère


This vegetarian restaurant is tucked down one of the charming streets in St Leon and has a small yet delicious menu. There is a small courtyard for eating in otherwise you can order to take away. It is only open in the daytime during the summer months.

l'Auberge du Peyrol (Chez Janine)


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About 800 metres from the house. Turn left out of the gate and straight over at the main road. Just up the hill on the left. Simple menu, good home cooked, local food.

Menu about 26 euros and you wont go hungry. Lovely views from the terrace. Cash only.

Closed on Mondays in the summer. Out of season open for lunch and on Friday and Saturday evenings.

05 53 50 72 91

Auberge de Castel Merle


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No longer has a restaurant but Chris, the owner, opens the terrace bar from 4.30pm to 7pm.  Beautiful views of the Vezere River and if you look carefully you can see the roof of L’Enclos as it is about a 10 minute walk out of the village. Great spot for a happy hour drink and he also serves ice creams if the children need a change of scene. If the gate is locked, try knocking on the Auberge door. We recommend phoning first to see if he is open.



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Good food, the staff are friendly and there is a lovely garden. Generous portions but there is a sharing terrine to start with if you are going a la carte. Bruce loved the beef entrecote, which can be hit and miss in France. Reasonable prices but we have heard that the service can be slow in high season. Plenty of parking and very close to L'Enclos.

Auberge le Moustier



Le Moustier is about 15 minutes drive on the main road towards Les Eyzies

Turn right into the village just before the bridge opposite Le Roque St Christophe.

The restaurant is just along on the right. The owners are French, Karine et Emmanuel Rodriguez (with a little bit of Spanish heritage) and have just moved in this year. The food is excellent but the menu is limited to two choices. Very cosy in winter and there is an outside terrace for summer dining.

La Boidicou

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Winter hours - Lunch Tuesday to Friday
Dinner Thursday to Saturday
This small restaurant opened in 2022. Julie who chefs with partner Benjamin, worked last season at Le Petit Leon.  She is a local and a real entrepreneur.
The food is excellent and great value.

Summer hours - Lunch on Fridays only- set menu
Evenings are now Tuesday – Saturday 
And they are also offering a tapas/cocktail menu at their bar tables outside on the pavement from 18.00-23.30.

Restaurant Le 4



On the left hand side on the main road to Montignac before you get to Intermarche.

Under new ownership. Good food and reasonably priced wine. We sat inside which lacked a bit of atmosphere but large sheltered outdoor terrace for warmer evenings.


Closed Wednesdays and Sunday evenings.

Le Bistro d’Epicure (l'Atelier)

Castels (near Saint-Cyprien)


Excellent food and excellent service. We went for Sunday lunch and we recommend the trip. Run by a husband and wife team, the restaurant is bright and airy with modern interior, with lots of interesting artwork on the walls. Not the cheapest restaurant around but worth every penny. From Les Eyzies take the D47 then right onto the D48 towards St Cyprien. The restaurant is on the main D703 just east of St Cyprien towards Sarlat.

La Treille



This restaurant belongs to a small hotel on the Dordogne not far from Domme and comes highly recommended. Menus are €33 and €48 


Open every evening 7.15-9.00pm

Lunch time 12.15-1.45pm Closed Monday and Tuesday lunchtimes.

Le Mirandol



We enjoyed our evening  at Le Mirandol. It offers the traditional ‘Sarlat’ menu but the food was good and you can opt for a delicious cep omelette if you don’t want to do the whole menu. It is cosy in winter, but has a lovely outdoor terrace in one of the backstreets of Sarlat. You must go and see the little cave at the back of the restaurant.

7 Rue des Consuls in the old part of Sarlat.




This restaurant is located on the top of the hill in Tamnies and is beautiful and top end. White tablecloths, slick service and a very good menu and a la carte options. Classic french menu at €35 - €45, but very imaginative, and a real treat if you are celebrating a special occasion.

Nosco - wine bar

Les Eyzies de Tayac

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We discovered this little gem one Sunday lunchtime out of season. Located on the "rue du Moulin", halfway between the National Museum of Prehistory and the International Pole of Prehistory. We enjoyed a selection of platters but the plat du jour which is served at lunchtime looked good too. 

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