One of summer’s finest dining experience on Lake Champlain dinner in Westport at the Le Bistro du Lac. Whether you fly in by seaplane, sail in, motor over in your vintage Hacker Craft or Triumph, this exceptional French cuisine is matched only by the magnificent view of Lake Champlain, New York’s Adirondack Coast, and Vermont’s Green Mountains.
About Le Bistro du Lac
Formerly located in our fair hamlet at the Essex Shipyard‘s Rudder Club, Le Bistro du Lac today operates seasonally at the Westport Yacht Club property in Westport, NY. Owned and operated by Bernard and Rosemary Perillat, Le Bistro du Lac offers a waterside french fine dining experience with breathtaking views and best-in-the-region service. Open each summer between mid-June and mid-September, Le Bistro du Lac is the perfect choice for a lingering romantic dinner or a delicious pre-theater meal.
About Chef Bernard Perillat
Le Bistro du Lac Chef/Owner, Bernard Perillat has operated Le Bistro since 1991. He brings Classic French Cuisine to the Wesport waterfront every summer. In the winter, you’ll find him at Chez Henri at Sugarbush Resort in Warren, Vermont. Bernard was born in the French Alps in the Northern part of France. At a young age he became interested in restaurants, food and cooking. He moved to Montreal in the 1960’s where he met Henri Borel. In 1970, Bernard moved to Vermont to join Henri as a partner at Chez Henri restaurant, at Sugarbush. Henri had opened Chez Henri in 1964. In 1991 Bernard had an opportunity to branch out during the summer months. He started a small restaurant called Le Bistro du Lac (The Bistro on the Lake) on Lake Champlain in Essex, New York. After six exciting years in Essex, Bernard was offered a chance to move a little south on the lake to Westport, New York. Enjoying his customers, food, and wonderful views of Lake Champlain, and the surrounding mountain ranges, he moved the next year to the Westport Yacht Club on the waterfront in Westport, NY. In 2011, Bernard celebrated his 20th year on Lake Champlain. Bernard, his wife Rosemary, and the staff love seeing all the wonderful guests that come to visit and enjoy fantastic meals on the lake at Le Bistro du Lac. (Source: bistrodulac.com, discontinued)
Getting to Le Bistro du Lac
I mentioned above that Le Bistro du Lac welcomes diners by air, land, and sea. I wasn’t waxing daydreamy. There’s a solid concrete pier for boats to moor and a sizable sand beach where seaplanes can come ashore. And if you’re coming by land, here’s a handy map to help you find 44 Old Arsenal Road in Westport.
Le Bistro du Lac Gallery
The following photographs do not honestly do justice to this singular setting, however they may tempt you enough to discover Le Bistro du Lac for yourself. Bon appétit!