Bienvenue a Bistro La Barrique

Relaxed bistro dining in Bath

A very warm welcome from Bistro La Barrique, the affordable  French restaurant in central Bath, brought to you by renowned chef Michel Lemoine.

We offer the very best in classic French bistro cuisine interpreted with a Mediterranean twist, complemented by an extensive range of excellent wines, with great service in a relaxed, friendly and informal atmosphere.

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You can also enjoy alfresco dining in our secluded floral courtyard.

We're located just a moment's stroll from Bath Theatre Royal; an ideal destination for pre or post-theatre dining.


Please note our annual week's closure in January

The restaurant will be closed from Monday 4th to Monday 11th Jan inclusive.
Open again Tuesday 12th Jan lunchtime


Restaurant quiz evening Bath

Back by popular demand, we're running our second French Quiz on Thursday, 28th January. Join us to shake away the January blues and weather for our second French quiz. Informal and fun, and guaranteed to make you laugh. Check out full details here (PDF). Booking essential.


"I'd recommend Bistro La Barrique without hesitation"
Sal Godfrey on Read the full review here.


Michel Lemoine - your personal chef

Would you like to host a very special dinner party
at your home?
Bistro La Barrique's chef/proprietor Michel Lemoine can become your personal chef for the evening, planning and cooking your meal as part of a fully-catered on-site service that even includes the washing up!

Michel and his team can also provide on-site catering at your private event for up to 30 people.


A fantastic accolade for Bath’s Bistro La Barrique from The Sunday Times' critic AA Gill, "the most feared restaurant reviewer in Britain"

Bistro La Barrique has been named as one of the top three Sharing-Plate Restaurants in the UK!

It's official. After a devastating review of a London French restaurant offering ‘Petits Plats’, Gill's article concludes by listing "Three of the Best sharing-plate restaurants" of which Bistro La Barrique is one. What an accolade for Bath’s Bistro La Barrique.

Michel and his team are naturally delighted to have received this recognition.


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Winner of Trip Advisor Hall of Fame Award
We are delighted to have been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame. This unique accolade is granted only to those businesses that have won the Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row.

"French charm and excellent value"
Never fails to delight! We went there for a light lunch before going to a matinee at the Theatre Royal - it's very close by. The service was really friendly, patient and helpful. Can't wait for another visit to Bath and an opportunity to return.

"Little Gem"
I had a wonderful evening last night. The food was amazing, great atmosphere and excellent wine list. Thoroughly recommend it. My wife and I can't wait to go back. Thank you La Barrique and all the staff.

"Original format, excellent service"
Went there with a couple of French friends who have very demanding palates. They loved it and for me it was an amazing introduction into French cuisine. The service also made a huge difference, really pleased with the whole thing.

"A day in Bath, lunch in France"
The food is excellent, traditionally French, but served tapas style; a stroke of culinary genius. The prices won't dent your pocket either. Staff are charming. Go there, c'est magnifique!

"Fabulous tapas bar in theatre district"
We shared pre-theatre tapas at this intimate bistro and everything we had was delicious. The potatoes au gratin are sinful. Good wine list and very attentive service. They have a good pre-theatre special.

"Something for everyone"
Impressed with this resturant every time I've been. Each visit is unique, with a range of French tapas that would keep anyone coming back for more. As one of the few independent restaurants left in the area this place earns and deserves support ... an experience hard to find elsewhere.

"Always a great experience"
Menu is always imaginative, the service excellent. If you are a regular, resist the temptation to order what you love most and try something different. If you are a new visitor, try as many tapas as you can ... you will also become a regular!

"Cannot Praise Highly Enough"
What a find! Small but perfect restaurant; French with a twist! The owner was so accommodating, even writing his recipes down for me to take home. Would highly recommend you to try this one.

"Always lovely food & friendly service"
Dined several times in this restaurant and keep going back with friends as the food is always inventive, the service friendly and efficient. Great value for money with a lovely relaxing atmosphere. Pre-theatre service is particularly efficient. Everyone I've taken there has enjoyed it too.

"Best in Bath"
Doesn't look very special from the outside - it's not as flashy as many restaurants in Bath - but don't be put off. It is superb and without question the best place I've eaten in the city. In the summer, sit outside; the garden is beautiful.

"Beautiful Tastes of France"
Had never tried tapas-style French cuisine, but loved the concept, and the food delivered with every mouthful. Slow-cooked meat dishes were exceptionally good; tender and flavoursome. Sauces were beautiful. We loved it so much we made another booking before we left.

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Petits plats are a French interpretation of the 'tapas' style of eating. You create your meal by selecting and combining dishes, providing opportunities for variety and experimentation in your dining experience.

On weekdays we offer a fixed price lunchtime menu at £10.95 and pre-theatre between 1730 and 1900 at £12.95


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Most of our wines are sourced from small, independent producers, where the emphasis is on quality. We encourage sampling a variety of wines with your meal; all are available by glass or bottle.



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Bistro La Barrique    31 Barton Street  Bath    Tel: 01225 463 861


Opening times:
Lunch: Monday to Saturday 1200-1430 hours
Evening: Monday to Thursday 1730–2200 hours;
Friday & Saturday 1730–2230 hours
Sunday - closed

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