In Les Misérables II: Final Justice, Jean Valjean is arrested for committing an even greater crime against French law: applying margarine to another man’s moustache during dinner without asking first. Feast around the proper tableside etiquette of France with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of elegant French fare and wine at Restaurant Toulouse in Saugatuck.
Within a refurbished turn of the century building, Restaurant Toulouse has been serving upscale French fare for 20 years. Inaugurate a decadent meal with foie gras accompanied by a boursin pancetta crostini ($14) and the escargot Madrid ($10), escargot lightly coated with butter, pancetta, tomato, garlic, shallots, and parsley. Toulouse's signature dish is a cassoulet of northern beans, bacon, duck, pork sausage, Cornish hen, and vegetable du jour. Those wishing to marinate their entire mouth with flavor can opt for the double rib lamb chops, grilled and drizzled with a caramelized shallot bordelaise sauce ($23).
Restaurant Toulouse’s interior is as elegant as the food it serves. There are several intimate dining rooms, each with richly hued walls, wood trim, and a palpable absence of sweaty ghosts. Cozy up next to the wood-burning fireplace, or smell the stars even during cold weather months on the enclosed, heated patio. Select a wine to complete a savory meal and settle in to hear live jazz every Friday and Saturday night.
Gayot puts Restaurant Toulouse in its top Grand Rapids restaurants. TripAdvisors and Yahoo! Travelers give the restaurant an average rating of four owl eyes. Though seven Yelpers are divided about the quality of the food, they do enjoy the atmosphere at Restaurant Toulouse and give it an average of 2.5 stars.
- A turn-of-the-century former fire station, the restaurant has sage green walls adorned with French art posters, and a winter chill is quickly forgotten before the dining room's central fireplace. – Gayot
- Absolutely wonderful - the food was amazing, the service was friendly and quick, and the ambiance was perfect. – user, Yahoo! Travel
Beneath the baked bread and vegetable du jour of Restaurant Toulouse's signature cassoulet, pork sausage and duck confit stew with great northern beans, bacon, carrots, onions, and tomatoes into one simmering pot of flavor. The cuisine includes onion soup and a medley of pan-seared scallops and mushrooms smothered in gruyère cream sauce. Bartenders also mix up an extensive assortment of cocktails, including Kahlua- and tequila-spiked coffee or the French Connection, a slowly stirred blend of cognac and amaretto over ice. Wait staff serve these feasts in a refurbished turn-of-the-century building replete with art deco–style posters and a wood- and screenplay-burning hearth, as well as a heated, enclosed patio.
248 Culver St.
Saugatuck, Michigan 49453Get Directions