Fodor's Expert Review Auberge du XIIe Siècle

$$$ Sache French Fodor's Choice

You half expect Balzac himself to come strolling in the door of this delightful half-timber auberge, so little has it changed since the 19th century, including its centuries-old dining room, now warmed by a fireplace, floral bouquets, and rich wood tables. Balzac's ample girth attested to his great love of food, and he would no doubt enjoy the sautéed lobster or the nouvelle spins on his classic géline chicken favorites served here today. Dessert is excellent, and so is the coffee—a beverage Balzac drank incessantly (which may explain how he had the energy to create 2,000-plus characters). The restaurant and inn is nearly opposite the great author's country retreat.

French Historical Intimate Lunch Dinner $$$ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

1 rue du Château
Saché, Centre-Val de Loire  37190, France

02–47–26–88–77

Known For:
  • Lots of extras
  • Charming outdoor terrace
  • Sophisticated presentation
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No dinner Sun.; no lunch Tues., Reservations essential

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