Here are our restaurant recommendations in the Drôme Provençale and the Enclave des Papes. The Drôme Provençale is the southern part of the Département Drôme, which belongs to the Rhône Alpes Region. Its western part belongs to the Southern Côtes du Rhône wine region, in the East you find the ancient, rugged lands of les Baronnies. The Drôme Provençale has become quite popular with vacationers. So far it has retained its rural character, which makes it so charming and peaceful.
Le Clair de la Plume, Grignan, the tea room of this charming boutique hotel near the famous lavoir in Grignan. They offer during lunch time a limited menu of light meals, salads, quiches. Great place to have your afternoon tea, enjoy an ice cream or fruit juice. Wonderful inner courtyard. Prices: €12-20. Place du Mail, 26320 Grignan, Tel: +33 (0)4 75 91 81 30
l'Eau à la Bouche, Grignan, a tiny restaurant in what looks like a doll house with its blue rimmed windows, flowers and all. They serve wonderful Provençal food; charming service. Prices: €24-38, Rue St. Louis, 26230 Grignan, Tel: +33 (0)4 75 46 57 37.
Le Probus, Grignan, another favorite in Grignan; a clear, precise concept of Southern cooking using products in season. The restaurant is named after the Roman Emperor Probus who chased the Teutonic tribes out of the Provence. The decor tries to fit the name. Prices: € 18-35, Espace la Tuilière, 26230 Grignan, Tel: +33 (0)4 75 46 13 34
Relais de Grignan, Grignan on the road to Montélimar, the restaurant of the Hotel Bastide de Grignan. Traditional regional cooking, nice outside terrace. An excellent price/quality relationship and friendly service. Prices: €25-40, Rte. de Montélimar, 26230 Grignan, Tel: +33 (0)4 75 46 57 22
Une Autre Maison, Nyons, a charming boutique hotel, which offers dinner for non-residents (reservations a must). Creative regional dishes lovingly prepared. Prices: €38 (dinner only). Place de la République, 26110 Nyons, Tel : +33 (0)4 75 26 43 09
Le Petit Caveau, Nyons, intimate restaurant in the historic center behind the Place des Arcades. Creative cuisine with a Southern touch, carefully prepared by Chef Laurent Lecompte and served by charming Laure. Good wine list. Prices: €25-55. 9 Rue Victor Hugo, 26110 Nyons, Tel: +33 (0)4 75 26 20 21
Auberge de la Clue, Plaisians, off the beaten track in the tiny hamlet of Plaisians. Between Mollans sur Ouvèze and Buis les Baronnies turn right into picturesque Rte.D72 and then left through a gorge up the mountain towards Palisians. The auberge is a favorite of many locals and visitors, a gourmet heaven with an excellent price/quality. Lovely setting with magnificent views of Mont Ventoux. Worth the trip, but reservations are a must. Prices: €25. Place de l'Eglise, 26170 Plaisians, Tel: +33 (0)4 75 28 01 17
La Chapelle, Saint Paul Trois Châteaux, a busy town in the Rhône Valley, but the historic part will enchant you. Ever wondered what a real tiny restaurant located in a former chapel looks like? Try this one; small vaulted dining room inside, tiny shaded terrace outside. But Chef Eric Rolland knows his business. Lovingly prepared dishes, Southern flavor with innovative touch. Prices: €32-48. Impasse Ludovic de Bimard, 26130 St.Paul Trois Château, Tel: +33 (0)4 75 96 60 88
Le Moulin de Valaurie, Valaurie, the restaurant of this tranquil and luxurious hotel in a lovingly restored old mill outside of Valaurie is a sure bet. Elegant dining room, shaded outside terrace. Classic and regional cuisine carefully prepared, a well chosen wine cellar with Southern vintages. Balance, taste, dedication ... a peaceful place. Prices: €30-45. Le Foulon, 26230 Valaurie, Tel: +33 (0)4 75 97 21 90
Au Délice de Provence, Valréas a long time favorite of locals. Valréas is the largest town in the Enclave des Papes. Located in a historic townhouse in the center of Valréas. They offer Provençal cooking you have seen many times, but well made. Prices: €20-45. 6, la Placette, 84600 Valreas, Tel: +33 (0)4 90 28 16 91