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Place d'Armes, Versailles, France


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When Ore opened, the Palace of Versailles finally earned an on-site restaurant worthy of its splendid setting and storied past. Located in the Pavillon Dufour, Alain Ducasse’s culinary project was the first full-service restaurant to open inside the palace’s gilded gates. During the day, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and teatime snacks, so there is no need to dash back to Paris hungry when you can enjoy a pan-seared fillet of beef with foie gras on a gold-lacquered table. In addition to good food, Ore—which means “pleasures of the mouth” in Latin and is also a reference to the French word for gold—dazzles the eyes with modern décor that nods to the traditional furnishings of the royals who once lived in the palace. The sunburst-style chandeliers, for example, pay homage to “Sun King” Louis XIV. In the evenings, Ore’s back room provides a fantasy backdrop for one-of-a-kind private dinners and special events with period-style furniture (including an oval banquet table and Marie Antoinette-inspired tableware) and waiters dressed in à l’époque uniforms.

Written by Mara Hoberman

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