Rue Fouré is home, once again, to a great address. But, this time, it is one that fills the air with the delicious aromas of the Southwest. Originally from Auch, the chef excels in cooking beautiful cuts of meat in a roasting pan — sometimes even whole, to be enjoyed between epicureans. Try the duckling to share! And if not, no need to worry, the rest of the menu — from the starters to the desserts — is just as delicious.
Gone is the bistro of Les Enfants Terribles, here now is L’Aménité or the art of a warm and generous welcome. The address has been revamped with a lot of pep, both in terms of decor and cuisine, yet remains ever tasteful and sophisticated. Chef Richard Cornet’s past experience notably includes the kitchen at Pickles and it shows: the cuisine is lively, inventive, colourful, well-seasoned and globetrotting, while also firmly rooted in Nantes and its environs.
Stick is the little “skewer” cousin of Papill’. The same brilliant mind behind these two clever addresses in the Fouré neighbourhood brings to you here his take on mini-skewers inspired by the world’s flavours. The place is itty-bitty but nonetheless delicious, just like the food.
Great addresses also make great offspring. This sit-down and more versatile version of Totum – Cantine Bio continues the tradition of delighting diners with its organic, vegetarian, gluten-free and of course seasonal cuisine. Demonstrating the art of intelligently transforming constraint into an opportunity for creativity, even the beverages (with or without alcohol) play a melodic score with the dishes to finally convince you that the name Totum is nothing short of epicurean!
This long room snakes its way up to the kitchen, from which emerge surprising dishes of incredible finesse. Each ingredient — perfectly sourced, of course! — is sublimated through expert technique and judicious seasoning to ensure a happy cohabitation with the other elements on the plate. And for carnivores on the path to flexitarianism, go ahead and try the vegetarian dish, we can talk about it later.
The little (but big in size) sister of Dînette has quickly made a name for herself among the city’s best snack shops that cater to gourmands who like to eat healthy, tasty, cheap and sometimes during off-peak times. Non-stop service from 9am to 6pm!
Within the city’s Exhibition Centre, this restaurant’s grill and stove are fired up on high to offer you delicious grilled meats (a fine selection of beef) and cooked fish, as well as specialities made with local ingredients. In addition to the stylish neo-bistro dishes (fresh, seasonal and updated daily), the wine bar and the cellar filled with beautiful bottles are also a delight for a moment of conviviality. Greeting with a smile. Terrace with view. Open even when no events are scheduled!
This may be the youngest of the organic restaurants, but it doesn’t disappoint in size (150 seats!). Before (or after) taking a seat, enjoy perusing the shelves of the Biocoop store, whose space it shares with the La Panetière des Hameaux bakery (which is also organic). On the menu, you will find a meat dish and a vegetarian dish, which change daily depending on the ingredients found in the store (fresh daily, origin and organic content guaranteed!). Deliciousness dining direct at the store. Low prices.
On Boulevard des Pas Enchantés, this hot neighbourhood restaurant at lunchtime (reservations recommended) caught on quick with the residents of San-Sebastian, who didn’t want to miss out on this great deal! On the menu, enjoy regional products (coastal fish from Les Sables d’Olonne, scallops and veal from Brittany, heirloom vegetables, etc.) that are fresh, seasonal and well-packaged. More elaborate proposals are available in the evening. Thank you, who? Thank you, Cara! (short for Caradec, the first name of the Breton chef).
The decor leaves with you no doubt of its reference: it’s the Tontons Flingueurs, those gun-slinging wise guys we love so much! This tonton offers well-executed bistro fare (homemade terrines, beautiful pieces of meat, etc.). But that’s not all; little Asian touches (the chef comes by way of Song) slip in here and there, and the options evolve depending on the latest finds from the market. It’s a lot of bang for your buck, just without any of the rumble and tumble!
A rarity, a prototype, dare we say an experiment! Nantes has indeed been chosen as the test site for the cannery La Belle-Îloise to launch this unique and innovative concept: a gourmet restaurant centred on canned fish, enhanced by carefully selected fresh ingredients. The result is tasty tapas, burgers and other classic seafood (or not) dishes that have been completely re-imagined (and far beyond spreads for toast!). Lovely ocean decor.
In the district which was once home to the shipowners who launched their schooners for the “New World” (hence the name!), this restaurant also has the privilege of being located on the ground floor of the building where Jules Verne (writer and traveller of the imagination) was born. It is no surprise that this “daring” cuisine of freshness and traceability holds up well “along the way”, complemented by an organic wine list that explores the most distant regions (but also the most beautiful regional estates).
Back for a spin, Le Marceau V2 (version 2) has been redesigned with a “chico–baroco–contemporary” spirit, equipped with counters for those in a hurry and the ever lovely terrace for summer months. Go there for the terrines, burgers, fish & chips, butcher cuts (everything is perfectly fresh), but also and especially for “Lobster Day” (how classy!). Lobster served grilled with parsley or cold in a copious roll (kind of burger) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoon. What a great deal!
In a setting that may resemble more a cocktail bar (lounge music, black tables and booths, counter, etc.) than a family restaurant, discover delicious Italian-Nantais cuisine, i.e., Italian recipes enhanced with regional products (Curé Nantais cheese, sand carrots, lamb’s lettuce, smoked Brittany trout, etc.). A perfectly executed concept. Excellent artisanal pasta.
In a decor dotted with little (and one big) Playmobil characters, this new address close to the Museum of Natural History serves an expertly crafted cuisine (fresh and seasonal products), which always delivers an original little “twist” in terms of taste and texture. Be sure to take note of the interesting and attractively priced wine list. Attentive welcome and moderate prices.
A stylish address between a gourmet bistro and a brasserie, this is where you can take a break to have a drink at the bar or gulp down a plate of oysters with a glass of Muscadet. That is unless you prefer the delicious “home-made” dishes (including great brasserie classics) that are tailored to the market and the seasons. Pleasant décor: grey bistro rattan chairs and benches, black tables, black-and-white checkered floors and a bookcase with a collection of decanters. The terrace is a great spot in both winter and summer.
A stylish newcomer is shaking up the scene, bringing new perspectives on beef and veal to the pleasure of carnivorous hedonists with large wallets! Sharpen your canines on carefully selected cuts of beef (Charolais, Black Angus, Blonde de Galice, Aubrac, etc.) and the likes of Argentine rib-eye steak and Kobe beef fillet (the Holy Grail of beef!). Other dishes and a more accessible prix fixe lunch menu are also available.
“This is the here and now.” It could be said that the gallivanting chef Xavier Rambaud has finally laid down his bags to take his place at the helm of Les Chemins d’Alexandre, bringing a punch of freshness and brightness to the place. After stints at several Michelin-starred restaurants, he has chosen “Ici” to put diners to the test with his modern, technical cuisine that’s both lively and sans pretension, and where each ingredient (can you say local!) miraculously takes “its rightful place”. Come on, take the plunge!
At this gem on rue Blum (in the former spot of Au Plaisir), Alexandre Pichard and Valentin Maillet (both formerly of Castel Marie-Louise) have quickly taken their places and set their “bistronomic” dreams in motion. With fifty years on the clock between the two of them, they brilliantly express their passion for cuisine and the culinary arts at this cosy address. On the menu, expect devilishly designed plates, exhilarating creations and delightful combinations.
A new start and a new cast have brought back the spark to this brasserie–bistro–cocktail bar on rue Fouré. And to preside over the bright new future of this chic address is the former chef of the restaurant “À l’Ardoise” and a pastry chef from “L’Atlantide” (a Michelin-starred restaurant in Nantes), who creates the delicious sweets. In other words, the new menu has enough to make your taste buds rejoice at the creativity of a French cuisine that honours its ingredients.
The Italian accent of this restaurant–gourmet shop continues to attract regulars who have been won over by its authentic, generous and precise Italian cuisine served at only a handful of tables surrounded by shelves overflowing with transalpine products. Diners will appreciate the great value for money and the cheerful service. Quality artisanal products (wines, pasta, oils, cheeses, etc.) for sale. And of course, antipasti platters, cold cuts and cheeses from the boot are also available!
This address on rue Cacault quickly caught our eye. It now has our full blessing for its fresh approach, embodied in the simplicity and transparency of the names of its tasty little “home-made” dishes. The decor? The simple and elegant design creates an ambience of zen (wooden floors, white counters, white walls, chairs and tables in bare wood). Delicious brunch and snacks, and gourmet shop space complete this pretty picture.
On the Île de Nantes, this colourful little lunch canteen preaches the virtues of fast, seasonal, fresh and tasty food to the pleasure of the faithful who frequent it. The dish of the day is always unique, but be sure to check out the many inventive starters in the refrigerated display case which also houses the desserts, each one more attractive than the next. A well-executed home-made cuisine to enjoy on the spot or to take away. Terrace in the summer months. (Hot) platters available for delivery.
Somewhat hidden in the village of Gétigné, this gastronomic gem is well known to the locals as it was already home to another popular address (also spotted by the guide) when it went by the name of La Gétignère. It now has a new moniker and a new burst of energy thanks to its inspired young chef who offers a subtle cuisine that is both classic and modern at every meal. An essential stopover in the vineyards!
We’ve been waiting for it for years: Éric Guérin, the Michelin-starred chef of the Mare aux Oiseaux, has finally opened his new restaurant in Nantes, in the centre of the Musée d’Arts. Feel free to push the museum’s heavy doors open to discover this unique gastronomic universe—urban chic revisited—with the help of resident chef Claire Habchi. Bistro+ style lunches, gastronomic dinners and memorable brunches on Sunday.
This old inn on the banks of the Sèvre, located at the entrance of Clisson, has been taken over by two couples of enthusiastic friends. On the terrace, with its lovely open-air café feel on sunny days, or in the large cosy dining room when the weather is less favourable, enjoy great classic bistro fare but also more traditional or contemporary dishes depending on what the chef has on hand and his mood. Muscadets and other local wines also feature prominently.
Here’s a restaurant that has changed its name and concept quite a few times in recent years. But we’re betting that this time it’s gotten it right! It is worth mentioning that the decor, service, wine list and, of course, the dishes, all support this sentiment that it’s going to be a hit. With three rooms at your disposal, lunchtime menus and tapas in the evening, there is no lack of space or opportunities to discover this exciting new address for 2018.
Stretching along the Divatte, on the banks of the Loire, a great restaurant has recently been taken over by a lovely couple: you can find her in the dining room, him in the kitchen. The dishes alternate between the traditional, inspired by the place, and the chef’s wandering creativity, strongly influenced by the flavours of Asia. A remarkable value for money and a breathtaking view, definitely worth the trip!
The name says it all: Meat lovers, go the other way! For the rest of you, don’t miss this new address across from Les Bains-Douches. In a nicely revamped bistro setting, this small restaurant (in size only) offers a beautiful vegetarian cuisine that is both delicious and colourful. At the end of the week, celebrate with an evening of tapas!
Worshipped by all who have tasted the pleasures it offers, Villa Saint-Germain returns to us “like a boomerang” with a string of dishes, each one more exquisite than the last, paired with esteemed bottles from the Loire Valley, including several from the great estates of the Muscadet wine region. Set in the charming village of Oudon, strolls through the narrow streets or alongs the banks of the Loire River add to this worthy detour. An address to rediscover without delay!
With a change in owners, a new chapter has begun for this restaurant that sits at the entrance of Nantes’ winemaking region. Following in the footsteps of his predecessor, chef Mathieu Corbineau creates a cuisine that showcases this highly sought local terroir. Supplemented by a more refined approach and subtle floral accents, the establishment’s tradition of serving quality regional products expertly paired with carefully selected wines (9 Muscadet) continues to hold true. Attentive and friendly service in a pleasant dining room.
Housed in a former 13th-century abbey, this classic restaurant teleports lovers of history and old stones into a realm of yore. Come and appreciate “old school” service: dishes served under silver cloches, a staff dressed in three-piece suits and elegant decorative mouldings. Although the dining room may seem a bit dated, it’s the historical experience that matters here! An ideal spot for celebrating a wedding or any other family event.
Behind its bright red facade hides a place of sharing and gathering in the form of a mini organic market (run by the association ECOS) and a restaurant bar. As soon as you enter, a wooden map of the department showing the locations of partnering farmers sets the tone — guaranteed traceability! For the cuisine, enjoy beautiful, fresh and organic homemade meals. Go vegetarian or check out the dishes showcasing meat produced by “farmers who are passionate about their trade”. Cheap. Takeaway meals available. Terrace.
A good, some may say excellent, surprise awaits you in Rezé! On a busy road (be sure to check the address before going there), this quietly slumbering establishment has reawakened thanks to the energy of a gifted young couple. Once you get past an eighties decor that’s neither trendy nor cosy, let yourself be taken in by the menu’s tantalizing options, before becoming enraptured by the well-executed dishes boasting a refined gourmet touch. An absolute must to discover if you’re in the area “because it’s well worth a visit!”.
For those looking for something different, check out this neo-industrial brasserie housed within Les Machines de l’Île’s complex of former naval warehouses known as Les Nefs. For lunch, you can expect a concise menu full of vegetables and proteins sourced from a local CSA. At night, with its prime spot next to the Scène de Musiques Actuelles, a popular concert hall in Nantes, the atmosphere shifts from a space for dining to a bar filled with musicians, technicians and concert-goers. Cheap.
This rare species is shaking up the microcosm of Nantes crepe shops. The Optimist’s pitch? Two brothers (whose parents ran their own crepe shop in the 80s), one in the dining room and the other in the kitchen, take their experience earned in renowned restaurants and reinject “genuine slow-cooked cuisine” into the world of crepes. Keeping with traditional prices, this is an original and tasty concept that won’t break the bank.
Most certainly the oldest restaurant on Rue Léon Jamin (home to several other restaurants that have made our list), it opened nearly thirty years ago. But age aside, its greatest pride (and one that is well deserved) comes from its distinctive Afghan cuisine (however, unfamiliar). Refined, perfumed, spiced but not spicy (no need to fear the burn of peppers), it’s definitely worth discovering. The modest lunchtime menu is an excellent bargain!
The location (across from the Natural History Museum’s entrance and tree-lined square) could not be more ideal for this up-and-coming restaurant run by the intrepid young chef Jean-François Pantaléon. With his extensive experience in some of the greatest kitchens (La Mare aux Oiseaux, La Duchesse Anne, La Grande Cascade, Le Meurice, Apicius) and his own culinary venture (Coretta, Paris 17th arrondissement), he will delight you with a sophisticated, intuitive and delicate cuisine, served in a stylish setting (bearing the signature of Brune de la Guerrande), that will surely impress. Well-paced service.
This chic and modern bistro, with its grey, black and red shades (black-and-white checkered floor, 50s-inspired armchairs and banquettes, thick red curtain at the entrance), is beloved by local regulars for its delicious little dishes of traditional French cuisine. Breakfast is also a hit, along with the “Little Wolves” menu dedicated to blondes.
As multifunctional as a “Swiss army knife”, this place transforms at will into a wine bar, a tapas bar and even a crazy night club where the tables give way to the beats of DJs and an improvised dance floor! But all of this moving and shaking has not hurt the cuisine. Inspired by classic bistro fare, enjoy dishes perfectly in line with the seasons. The wine list also boasts a brilliant selection. And by now, you should’ve guessed… the ambience is festive!
The decor of this new place deserves as much attention as its menus. A series of three spaces, each with its own theme, colour and ambience, leads the way for guests: the (white) contemporary bar for a drink, the (red) bistro for casual after-work gatherings and the (blue) restaurant for a more elegant and subdued atmosphere. As for the cuisine, the same approach is applied: a range of the simplest (at least in appearance) to the most refined, with freshness, rich flavours and inventiveness always guaranteed! Beautiful terrace.
This restaurant, where half of the staff are people with Down syndrome, aims to “normalize our differences and make it possible for people to come together”. In addition to a customised space and plates designed for better handling, food orders are taken using a colour-coded system. As for the cuisine, the dishes are an exploration of contemporary bistro fare. “A true culinary and, more importantly, human adventure!” — two elements that go hand in hand and which are pleasantly shaking up the restaurant industry.
By taking over what was once Tontonpic, the Nantes duo of Anaïs in the kitchen and Benjamin in the dining room has fulfilled its dream of creating a new bistro-style restaurant where everything is homemade from A to Z. The tasty dishes change every day, made fresh with raw ingredients direct from the Talensac market. Modest prices and good service will have you coming back to this great canteen.
This typical workers’ haunt in the heart of the city (across from the Île de Versailles), where it’s normal to run into regulars sporting construction overalls, continues to pull in crowds with its adorable, attentive, simple and direct service and for its buffet full of appetizers and desserts (plan on arriving early for a better selection). With cheap prices, freshly cooked homestyle cuisine, a regularly changing daily menu and well chosen Muscadet, what’s not to like? Tack on the lovely terrace during summer, and you are sure to feel like the king of the world!
With an ideal location across the street from the Gare Nord station, the couple who ran Our (the chic kebab restaurant) decided the space needed a new direction: that of a local bistro serving up hearty braised dishes. The result is a selection of delicious treats — locavore and seasonal recipes (lunch) as well as savoury and sweet tapas (afternoon until 20.00). Each week the menu changes and a vegetarian option is always on the board. Hot takeaway is available for those on the go.
Pascal Roy (former chef of Table des Roy) proves with his new restaurant that organic, vegetarian and gluten-free cuisine can be festive, colourful and delicious. Whether it’s the savoury or sweet you seek, this spot boasts delicious delights all day long.
Malumbi is a tiny neighbourhood canteen, whose Gabonese owner invites you on a journey through Africa, Asia and France via a cuisine that changes with the whims and ingredients of the day. The atmosphere is family-friendly and relaxed, as is the value for money!
As its name suggests, this restaurant, chef (of Izakaya Joyi) Anthony Nguyen’s second venture, is dedicated entirely to ramen: the dish of Japanese noodles served in a delicious broth with a variety of tasty sides. Here, the noodles are all made by hand using organic, locally sourced flour. A great neighbourhood spot.
With its dining room and outdoor terrace overlooking the Sèvre River, facing the Château de Clisson (a magical view, especially in the evening), this dreamlike setting is perfect for two, or as a family. Aficionados come for the classic, regional dishes mixed with exotic influences. Pan-seared gilt-head bream, yuzu lemon butter; confit leg of lamb in a spring roll with Moroccan flavours; calamari in a Thai broth; chocolate crème brûlée with spices. Prix-fixe menus include: Menu du Marché, Menu du Chef, and Accord mets et vins (where food and wine are paired together) – all of which are affordable.
In Geneston, the brand new version of Le Pélican (entirely revamped) is heaven to those in the know, who come in droves to savour the chef’s meticulously prepared recipes. In particular, the scallops and langoustines flambéed in Armagnac, baby vegetables and langoustine bisque, or the confit rolled breast of lamb au gratin, Ratte potato chips, fennel, jus réduit… all incredible, and accompanied by a commendable wine list boasting many Muscadets and bottles from the Loire Valley. Friendly service.
The former chef from Le Rouge Ardoise (in rue Saint-Jacques) is the man behind this contemporary gastropub, located near the 15th-century market hall in Clisson, who now cooks up dizzying, market-fresh cuisine, wowing the customers willing to make the pilgrimage on their knees to sit at one of this establishment’s 20 seats. Mousseline of green asparagus in smoked herring (to die for…); Dory in sauce vierge. These equally creative and aesthetic dishes are also accompanied by lively local wines.
In the Muscadet vineyard, get ready for rustic, generous cuisine, like an unbeatable prime rib of beef, suprêmes of poultry, brochettes of fish, which are grilled in the fireplace over smoking vine shoots, before your very eyes. And, seasonally, you can have: grilled eel, matelote of lamprey, Provençale frog’s legs, brochettes of escargots and bacon, and other deliciously slow-cooked dishes. Warm service.
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Nantes, the Auberge du Château is the perfect option. At the foot of Clisson’s medieval castles, next to the 15th century stone bridge, you can sit under the glass canopy (or tiny outdoor terrace) overlooking the Sèvre River, and savour a moment of heavenly calm, while enjoying imaginative, carefully prepared meals. Reservations are imperative – especially if you wish to sit next to the bay windows and enjoy the superb view. Warm atmosphere.
A crêperie that does not skimp on the essential. Everything is made in-house, from the ice cream to the sweet and savoury buckwheat crêpes, all using local raw ingredients (listed on the menu), carefully selected for their high quality. The buckwheat flour is organic, as are the preserves, apple juice, Muscadet, red wine (Frères Perraud), and the beer. You’ll hesitate between the galette saucisse (sausage wrapped in savoury crêpe) with onions sautéed in honey (also available for take-out), and the smoked salmon on a bed of sautéed leeks or spinach.
An oasis for the ecstatic office workers (lunch time) who come to this contemporary brasserie, serving up classics (carpaccio and tartare, with homemade French fries, sautéed filet of beef, veal rib steak with truffle jus de viande) that knows how to refresh its menu with new dishes (roast filet of salmon-bass, Paimpol broad beans, artichokes and medley of mushrooms). Strong selection of Loire wines. Just as good before or after a show. Fast service.
This newcomer offers a short menu, but one made up of excellent, skilfully prepared, market-fresh ingredients. Lively, original dishes that are easy on the eyes (and the wallet), and that will have you swooning, like slow-cooked veal, roast eggplant dip, Ratte potatoes, veal jus with black sesame, homemade smoked tuna maki, cold cucumber and fresh cilantro soup, or a sorbet of farm-fresh fromage blanc and curry.
This gem in the magnificent Orvault neighbourhood sends hearts a-flutter among foodies, with its wonderfully-structured Bento menus (3 starters, 1 dish, and 2 desserts in one box). And, it doesn’t stop there: very tempting gastropub dishes are also prepared right before your eyes, all served in a warm, artisanal atelier setting. Crab, curcuma-laced fennel, tomato espuma, sour apple.
After giving the interior a face-lift, as well as having the former chef from Bé2M revise and edit the menu, we happily return to this secret manor, with its terrace opening onto Parc de Procé: a lush, 12-hectare backdrop, filled with a stunning variety of trees. It’s the perfect setting to get your fill of chlorophyll, and feast on beef cheeks stewed in local organic beer, chunky mashed potatoes, glazed vegetables, or grilled salmon, parmesan and wild mushroom risotto, along with a great selection of Muscadets (from the local “Very Good Cave” wine cellar).
A little restaurant with big intentions that has found its feet in Chantenay, Nantes’s former working-class neighbourhood. The growing number of regulars come back for the small, simple, and comforting menu (just like grandma used to make) that changes everyday. Beetroot and cilantro gaspacho; filet mignon, traditional wholegrain mustard; pollock, saffron cream; sautéed veal with olives. And a wine list that gives pride of place to Muscadets and Loire Valley wines.
A rotisserie in a living room? The spirit of a bistro in an apartment? La Salle à Manger (“dining room”) is a bit of both. But, above all else, it’s an authentic, warm space run by the founder of “Chez l’huître.” The cuisine here is homelike, sincere, simple, and lovingly prepared. The prix-fixe menu changes daily, the ingredients are organic, local, and all of it served with grand cru wines. Pork ribs à l’orientale; navarin of lamb; rib steak; roast sausages, purée of carrots and basil.
An “introduction” between Place Viarme and the Tour Bretagne tower, which stands out thanks to its two rooms overlooking the street, and a patio nicely tucked away in a courtyard. But also for its fresh and generous cuisine, where French classics are lovingly revamped, fully justifying the opening of this local newcomer. Scallops à la nantaise; veal sweetbreads; langoustines and lobster pot-au-feu, crunchy vegetables, horseradish and basil.
A good place where the new chef remains in the line of culinary exploration of his predecessor, with modern cuisine and dishes mysteriously described only by their main ingredients. The friendly service and the low prices (lunch) are completed by a good choice of Loire wines including beautiful Muscadets. Effective October 2019, Lamaccotte will have a new address! Find the restaurant at 7 rue Saint-Denis in Nantes (formerly Bistrot l’Alchemiste).
What a wonderful dilemma to hesitate between two tempting choices. Between a slow-cooked lamb shank (7 hours) prepared à l’orientale (one of the signature dishes) and Thai-style fish cooked in coconut milk, with shrimp and red rice from Camargue. After learning the ropes in the Monte Cristo, in Great Britain and Australia, this is what fearless 25-year old chef Elisa Pichaud offers her customers, which she hosts in two rooms covered in old stones, exposed beams, and a fireplace (in the winter). One to watch…
This new restaurant has only just recently become the talk of the town for those in the know. It lavishes guests with ingredients gleaned from markets every morning (menu changes daily), transformed and made “exotic” through the chef’s powers of alchemy. Its no-frills, and incredibly tasty dishes, continue to send foodies to seventh heaven! Interiors are coloured in gentle tones. Very reasonable prices.
Its location on the superb Place Graslin and its lovely sidewalk terrace (once spring arrives) are the undeniable advantages of this chic restaurant (several rooms, furniture by legendary designers, a library running through the space, white light fixtures) that has reinvented its menu. You’ll want to go for the prix-fixe lunch menu that changes daily, and the wine list that changes with the seasons, with its many Muscadets. Crab and green curry, veal tartare infused with ginger and matcha tea.
A lovely little hideaway (former Resto-Revues) tucked in an alley near Saint Pierre Cathedral. It is spread over two floors, with two snug, welcoming rooms painted in grey and white, and decorated with black and white photos, and old keys. On the menu, you’ll find well-made and primarily organic, market-fresh dishes, like cream of wild sorrel with whipped cream, blanquette de veau (veal) with winter vegetables and saffron sauce, as well as vegan dishes that will arouse you curiosity.
The people behind this fine establishment have transformed a former neighbourhood butcher’s shop into a gastronomic Mecca for poultry. The result is a pleasant interior (black and white baroque décor, crystal droplet chandeliers) that awakens any appetite for quail, duck, pigeon, chicken, egg, and foie gras above all suspicion (supplied by local producers, like Delanoé Volailles, Masse, and pigeon from Mesquer), all of which is prepared to perfection. Not to mention, the very personal wine list, with special attention devoted to organic winemakers.
A new spot that literally embodies a brasserie in the original French sense of “brewery.” Here, several craft beers are brewed on-site (which you can enjoy in-house, or take home) in a clearly industrial, Nordic setting, where the entire brewing process is part of the décor. But, it is also a beautiful space with an army of waiters serving up brasserie classics, where the delicious grilled meats are cooked in a Jasper oven (combination barbeque and charcoal oven).
A pressing need to recharge your batteries with rejuvenating rice-based Italian specialities revisited by two aficionados? This is the place for you! But, you’ll have to make the difficult choice between Arancini (with different homemade side dishes) and Suppli.
Nantes’ first dessert bar also offers delicious meals in the heart of the city’s Kervégan district. Although the specialty here is undeniably all things sweet, don’t hesitate to take a walk on the savoury side, where the same attention to ingredients, preparation, and presentation are guaranteed.
Tucked away in a downtown sidestreet, Le Badérioc is a lovely little eatery, where you can fill your tray with the day’s mouth-watering specials, all without bruising your wallet: salads, savoury tarts, main dishes, and tasty desserts…
This newcomer to rue Fouré – quickly becoming a hub of Nantes’ culinary scene – offers guests Latin American cuisine without resorting to the usual clichés. At the helm is a chef who presided over the kitchens of the French embassy in Bogota and his Columbian wife, who attends to customers. Every dish is alive with freshness and flavours (unique, fantastic seasonings) and, everyday, they reinvent ceviche (fish marinated in lemon or lime), served with a little soup and homemade cornbread. At night, the dinner menu is a little longer. Don’t miss out!
Previously listed in the “Vit’Fait, Bien Fait !” category, this address is now a real sit-down restaurant offering diners the opportunity to discover authentic Brazilian cuisine. The boss is as dynamic as she is warm, bringing her beautiful and sunny disposition to the dining room and dishes, but also to the drinks: invigorating cocktails and beer specially brewed for the restaurant.
We don’t know who Bernard is, but here’s a nice, warm little restaurant in the heart of Carquefou (since 2014!) that works with local artisans and farmers. You’ll find a great variety of burgers, but also their cousins: fajitas, quesadillas, bagels, rolls…
An urban “canteen” located on Boulevard Einstein. But the theory of relativity will be of little use when it comes to identifying a high-quality, healthy, fresh and up-to-date snack-bar. Here you’ll find: chicken with coriander seed, honey and dried apricots; veal in bacon, pastis and herb salsa, just to name a few…
The name says it all. This restaurant is truly connected to all things local, and its approach advocates transparency and environmental responsibility! But, more than this: it’s good and fresh. You are not only being good to your body, but also to your mind… Now you’re ready to continue discovering l’Île de Nantes!
The ideal spot for a little pause in the heart of the city, where you can enjoy truly excellent coffee (from Caffé Cataldi, voted France’s best coffee roaster in 2014), among other delicious things. We suggest you try the tarts, salads, soups and pastries!
The charm of Passage Pommeraye, combined with this tea salon’s light meals, make it an obvious pick when shopping in the neighbourhood. You can nibble one of their little snacks, or melt while eating one of their divine pastries…
With its classic Fish & Chips (with homemade fries, quality fish depending on the day’s catch, mint-pea condiment), this little bistro is very much with the times, and perfectly combines simplicity and quality. A lovely selection of wines. Ideal after you’ve done your shopping at the outdoor market.
A lovely little restaurant on rue Léon Jamin specializing in organic and “locavore” food, offering the must-have burger (organic bread / 5 variations, including vegetarian option), salads, soups… and a plat du jour based on whatever mood the chef is in.
One of the first restaurants in Nantes to specialize in quality burgers. Here, every bun has been specially created by the owner to accompany every different burger (9 in total!). And, to top it all, try the cheesecake!
A very practical little spot right in the heart of the Bouffay neighbourhood, just steps away from the Château des ducs de Bretagne. The set menus for lunch at this tea salon offer a daily special, savoury tarts, oven-browned scones and incredible desserts. P.S., don’t forget their brunch!
The name of this restaurant refers to either “tastebuds” (i.e., papilles) or a short form for the cooking method known as papillote – which is the house specialty, with classics like rougail stew, or yoki wok, along with vegetarian options. There is also a stewed dish, desserts and tasty starters. Regardless of the meaning behind the name, it’s all deliciou
With its incredibly attractive location, slightly overlooking the Sèvre (a lovely setting where you can hear the river), the restaurant for the Best Western hotel charms with its contemporary décor, its large terrace (ideal for a summer evening) and a stunning view of the castle. The cuisine is modern, well-crafted, and better every time. Shellfish in a jus of herbs and parsley butter; fresh cod, shellfish in saffron-infused jus, cream of Jerusalem artichoke; mango-geranium charlotte. Service is polite.
A new team and a new setting (in shades of gray and purple) attract gourmets to this pleasure address of the Loire. The attention to fine local products appear prominently on the card that offers surprises at every meal: crab meat and candied tomatoes and avocado cream in jelly, turbot with seaweed butter, fried Curé Nantais with mash salad, apple-caramel and sea salt macaroon. Judicious wine list.
Admirers of chef Laurent Saudeau – with two Michelin stars in his chef’s hat – praise him as being a man capable of making every last bite of his culinary creations incredibly memorable! John dory coated in vanilla and cardamom, royale d’oursins (sea urchins), lobster and Jerusalem artichoke, or cristalline de fraises pistachée (“pistachioed” strawberries), sangria ice cream, spiced crumble… these dishes will pull you into a whirlwind of emotions, magnified by beautiful setting of this “folie nantaise”. Service is careful and serious and the elegant tables are well-spaced apart. Two-course prix-fixe lunchtime menu is very meticulous (€38).
The menu in this oasis of calm among the vineyards reads like a litany of countries visited by the travelling owners. What’s the secret to their exotic, flavourful cuisine? Spices, spices, and more spices, all used on fresh, local produce. This is why the cod accras, the fish rillettes au cumbawa, the rougail saucisse from Réunion – all propped up by commendable Muscadet wines (exclusively from Château Thébaud) – guarantee a trip overseas without ever leaving the vineyard.
You must exit the city and head for the vineyards to find this hors piste (“off the beaten track”) restaurant, where you are guaranteed to have an excellent time in its slightly vintage décor. A collection of French, European or New World wines (skilfully chosen by the owner/sommelier) and delicious meals in this lovely wine cellar/grocery store/restaurant in Vertou, draw hedonists like a magnet. Reservations are a must.
Whether you’re a city dweller or you live in the suburbs, this new gastropub in Loroux-Bottereau is worth the trip. The beautiful setting (former town hall), equipped with two dining rooms in grey tones and a terrace overlooking a stunning tree-lined square, has opted for discretion and finesse. You will feast on scallop and turnip carpaccios, with passion fruit, market-fresh vegetables and sprouts; smoked salmon and eel; pressé (terrine) of duck confit, and more.
This restaurant occupies an excellent spot (both literally and figuratively) in the local culinary landscape with its surprising and aesthetic cuisine. Teeming with gravies, sauces, spicy réductions and low temperatures, everyone from the pickiest eaters to the most adventurous will love it. In a word, eating here is a feast for the eyes and tastebuds, where Chef Nathalie clearly takes pride and pleasure in her work. The staff’s knowledge of wine, and the value-for-money are among its many other assets.
A mythical place and chic hideaway on the banks of the Loire River where Clémence Lefeuvre invented le beurre blanc. A gastronomical journey is possible with prix-fixe menus like the six-course “Dégustation”, or “Tradition des bords de Loire”, where you sample excellent dishes made with ingredients from small neighbouring farmers and fishermen, (saltimbocca of monkfish, risotto with white truffle oil, prosciutto or prawns and roast mangoes marinated in ginger and cumbawa) will leave you breathless. The same goes for the lunchtime prix-fixe menus at €15, €18 and €24 during the week.
A tiny oasis far from the hustle and bustle of Nantes, in Ancenis on the banks of the Loire, where chef Christophe Grand whips up rich and delicious fare that is as tasty as it is inventive: Roast scallops in a chervil and root vegetable crust with macadamia nuts, filet of sea bass with oysters, steamed leeks and sautéed Enokitake in Yuzu butter, destructuré chocolate and coffee opéra (to die for!). Connoisseurs highlight the surprising value for money.
Like out of a dream, the splendid view of the Sèvre River (especially from the upstairs patio) and the Chaussée des Moines dam characterize this inviting, contemporary brasserie (purple benches, stone walls). The solid menu, which is a celebration for the tastebuds (everything is fresh, high-quality, and homemade), completes this perfect picture. Artisanal andouilles, market-fresh fish rillettes, filet of duckling, etc.
Far from the madding city crowds, diners come here to enjoy simple regional cuisine, with tiny flecks of originality, or drink wine at the bar, surrounded by regulars. In the timeless setting of this bistro along the banks of the Loire River, the owners are hospitable, the service pleasant, and the atmosphere is lively and working-class on one side, and more formal in the restaurant. Cromesqui (croquettes) of mozzarella, pesto, and confit tomatoes; catfish au beurre blanc; Filet mignon of Breton pork, with chorizo and pepper sauce.
In Château-Thébaud there is a farmhouse in the heart of a vineyard where you err between down-home common sense, poetry and appetite, thanks to a generous, pretention-free cuisine, rooted in the local terroir (land). On the menu, you’ll find a familial atmosphere, the joys of eating, human kindness and even kinder prices. Regulars come back for the terrine of homemade duck foie gras mi-cuit and carrot chutney, rabbit en cocotte (in an individual cast-iron pot), duck leg à l’andouille and seasonal vegetables. Three prix-fixe menus: tiny, medium, big hunger. Reserve on weekends.
Despite a recent change of management, this honest restaurant still defends its heritage, land and sea by giving its guests the best of what small local farmers and fishermen have to offer. In this rural décor, we opted for the rack of lamb, sautéed potatoes and aumônière crêpe of seasonal vegetables; excellent catch of the day, eggplant caviar with glazed celery sticks in a meat jus. Small outdoor terrace.
A very pleasant patio in sunny weather, two warm and brightly lit rooms behind a pale gold façade made of tufa and limestone, make this the perfect place to taste the subtle notes of steamed pétales de lotte (“petals” of monkfish) on a bed of ebony fettucini in a light lemon sauce, or a Challand pressed duck, cooked with candied oranges, crispy spring roll. Tantalizing wine list with good Loire Valley grape varieties.
Refined food and decor are what attract a great many people to escape from the city and come to this house on the banks of the Loire River, with its red awning. Langoustines en coque de feuille de cerisier autour de l’aubergine, foie gras poached in smoked tea and rémoulade (mayonnaise dressing) of smoked eel, pineapple soufflé in a lemongrass emulsion and warm grog will never disappoint your gourmet tastebuds. Excellent selection of Loire wines in general, and Muscadet in particular (14 references).
True imagination is at work here in creating new recipes and an ample menu composed of variations on different themes. For instance, lobster: Dugléré-style cassolette (small cast-iron pot) of lobster, shortcrust of lobster, and crispy spring roll of lobster and arugula. There are also regional dishes that are more familiar (suprême de pigeonneau de Mr Terrien de Saint-Laurent-des-Autels, cooked rare in a potato crust and its leg stuffed with black sausage). Cellar is open to delightful regional discoveries.
The former Domaine d’Orvault has undergone a complete makeover, and now attracts guests in search of seminars, nature, or simply relaxing as a family only 10 minutes from the city centre. Their prix-fixe menus are remarkably well-balanced: feuilleté (puff pastry) with roast green asparagus and little Comté cheese tuiles, roast pike-perch over a cider reduction, snow peas and green pea purée, cheeses from Chez Beillevaire, mousse de mandarine, cream of apricot and blood orange ice cream. Local winemakers are well-represented on the wine list, which is exclusively of Loire Valley wines.
This spacious farmhouse, made of stone and wood, contrasts sharply with the nearby box stores and major chains of the Atlantis mall. Nevertheless, you’ll find the spirit of its parent company, la Maison Baron-Lefèvre: excellent and generous cuisine made with quality ingredients and vegetables from the chef’s very own garden. It is a place that boasts rooms of different sizes, perfect for a business lunch or dinner before a show at the Zenith Theatre. Very good selection of wines from the region.
What a lovely surprise it is to find this stately home sitting between two car dealerships on the road to Vannes. In the different set-menus – Pavillon, Saveurs, or Retour du Marché (“back from the market,” which changes everyday) – the main courses will make your mouth water: salad of fresh cod and red mullet with aioli; langoustines on buckwheat shortbread and cold cream of asparagus soup; grilled Punta Lomo with thyme and lemon, carrot and mango compote… An absolute must-visit if you are in this neck of the woods. Friendly service.
The real luxury here isn’t in the relaxed elegance of the place, nestled in a bed of plants and vegetation, but the cook’s fiery energy. On the menu: scallops cooked in their shell with herbs and spices, lemongrass emulsion, Atlantic sea bass steak, yellow chanterelle mushrooms and Charlotte potatoes, hazelnut-flavoured broth, or brandade of cod « à ma façon » (“my style”) en marinière de coquillages (shellfish cooked in white wine) and crème brûlée with Bourbon vanilla seeds and strained goat’s milk curds. Excellent vineyards represented.
Here, your taste buds are in for a shock with the subtle (sometimes intriguing) pairings, the play of dazzling textures and the high technicality of a young, highly perceptive chef who has traded knives with many a Michelin-starred chef (the Ibarboure brothers in the Basque Country, Thierry Drapeau in Vendée, Wakuda Tetsuya in Australia). Under the watchful eye of his father (also present in the kitchen), he sends you into orbit with his haute couture dishes!
With a good GPS in hand, this chic, contemporary cosy brasserie is worth the detour through the industrial zone of Sainte-Luce-sur-Loire! Its decorative set-up, made up of velvet armchairs, elegant tables, giant chandeliers, make it the ideal place for a business lunch. The menu shows a lot of imagination: raspberry marbled duck foie gras with smoked salmon, mi-cuit of shrimp and sweet-sour sauce. Good Malvoisie and Muscadet wines. Only open for lunch.
In the ovens of Le Laurier Fleuri, the chef has fun combining everything he can: the past with the present, and especially the land with the sea! Over time, he has built a long repertoire of culinary acrobatics for tastebuds, using quality ingredients in everything he makes. Dishes (partially cooked foie gras, filets of Saint-Gilles sardines, filet mignon de porc, croustillant of langoustines, suprême of guinea fowl, etc.) and different cooking methods (roast, confit, vacuum-sealed, etc.) that will make your head spin. An excellent value for the price, which will make you forget the slightly dated entrance behind the green façade.
This restaurant is a classic, offering up sure-fire, quality cuisine, where the staff are respectful of flavours and ingredients (local farmers), and one dines in a comfortable room (old stone, warm colours, long tablecloths) or inside a flowery courtyard. Crémeux of green asparagus and celery stalks, œuf cassé (broken, soft-boiled egg) with roast hazelnuts, canelloni of milk-fed veal shank, squid stuffed with langoustines in sauce à l’encre de seiche (cuttlefish ink sauce).
Behind the non-descript sign of this former worker’s restaurant hides a gem. What a pleasure it is to eat here, given the quality of the roasts and inventiveness of the dishes. The rather sophisticated three-course menu easily demonstrates this: salmon carpaccio en feuille à feuille, prawn tails and avocado guacamole, tian de légumes (oven-baked vegetables in earthenware crock) and sun-dried tomatoes, filet of mullet, stuffed clams and basil espuma (foam). Desserts à la carte to die (or kill) for! Great prices.
An unexpected oasis just off the airport’s landing strips (planes are occasionally loud, but you soon forget all about them) in a beautiful stone farm that is still active, and supplied by small local growers. In this part of the countryside, 10 minutes from the city center, you’ll relish the croustillant de porc fermier (crispy filo pastry dumplings of free-range pork), “Skrei” cod cooked in papillotte and ceviche of vegetables, and fresh seasonal fruit in chocolate sauce. Service is attentive and charming.
Edith et Marcel is the new name of the restaurant formerly known as Du Bonheur dans la Cuisine, which, while updating its decor, decided to also change up its identity. But fans rest assured, the team and the menu options remain the same. A contemporary brasserie atmosphere and cuisine perfectly suited to the neighbourhood, it’s a great place for a meal with colleagues or a bite before a concert at the nearby Zenith.
A sure-fire bet on the banks of the Loire River that exalts the region’s culinary wealth, be it from the land or from the sea, with prix-fixe menus for all budgets. The menu invites you to discover dishes that are generous, sophisticated, and technically perfect: raviole of shellfish, roast half-pigeon à la rhubarbe, Jamaican pepper sauce and croquette de cuisse, seasonal vegetables. Thoughtful service.
Hedonists of all colours rush to this elegant restaurant where Bordeaux-born chef Benoit Arbouin and his wife, a vetted sommelier, preside. Here, your tastebuds will discover a modern and inspired regional cuisine that is cooked to perfection. Sardines de Saint-Gilles and Pata Negra ham, filet of seabass in a citrus crust, notes of saffron, roast langoustines à la nage (cooked in court-bouillon), root vegetable shavings à la fleur de sel, croustilles. A cellar rich in Muscadets and Loire wines. Gracious and irreproachable service.
Armed with a good GPS, set out on an adventure through a maze of tiny roads, following the Erdre River. Looking out at the waves, thrown back to a countryside of yesteryear, you’ll discover an inn with sepia-toned charm, run by a chef who knows his classics down to the tiniest detail. Lobster and scallop parmentière (shepherd’s pie) and shellfish jus, foie gras raviolis, thick slice of doe with peppercorns and truffle potato purée, etc.
If you like foie gras au Goupil wine (from Côtes de Gascogne) with a duo of chutney and lamb’s lettuce, filet of perch with crispy skin in beurre blanc, or a cut of meat du moment in a red wine sauce and homemade fries, this restaurant nestled in the ruelle de Saint-Sébastien is perfect for you. The warm, neo-rustic interior (former wine storehouse), with its clear tones and fireplace make it ideal for events or simply group dinners with friends or family. Charming service.
A place with the advantage of taking you to the banks of the Erdre river and make you live an extraordinary dining experience. A little oasis known by all the “foodistas”, for its subtle contemporary cuisine, enamelled with scathing Asian fragrances. In the fall, the restaurant changes course by offering a “bento-inspired” menu (available for lunch only).
The promise of delicious and authentic Breton specialities is what draws customers to this Breton bistro. Free of folklore and pretention, hospitality is the rule here. In addition to dessert and savoury crêpes, you can try the famous Kig ha farz (Thursdays in winter), Guérande-style hotpot, matelote and frigousse (chicken stew). Takeaway: specialty Breton foods from Bigouden (flour, cider, sweets, coffee) and on request (home made) kouign amann, cakes and fars bretons, white and buckwheat flour crêpes. Theme nights.
The kind of bistro you’ve always wanted in your neighbourhood. It’s relaxed, fashionable, and embodied in the affable owner who personally greets every customer. The modern, honest cuisine (fresh and homemade) is peppered with little creative touches and other exotic flavours, much to the delight of the locals. Pork ribs, honey; burbot in a sauce vierge; navarin stew of spring lamb; grenadier, shrimp bisque; éclair, andouillettes of duck au gratin; young cockerel, sauce vigneronne, etc.
A well-known address in the neighbourhood of Saint-Jacques is now led by a chef whose resume includes schooling at FERRANDI Paris (the Harvard of chefs!) and kitchens in Polynesia and New Zealand. For lunch, enjoy globetrotting gourmet bistro fare; whereas dinner is reserved for more refined cuisine. A great spot for regulars with its pretty terrace surrounded by stone walls, you will also enjoy its reasonable prices and deliciously appetising daily menu of “home-made” dishes.
Replacing the now defunct Cantine de la République, this restaurant serves well-prepared bistro classics: chef’s terrine, foie gras maison, hand-chopped steak tartare, beef carpaccio “minute” with parmesan shavings, cod loin in citrus butter, magret de canard, pan-fried rib steak with peppercorn or Roquefort sauce, stone grilled meats, etc. Exposed stone walls and lovely garden-side terrace only make this place better.
You’ll have a lovely time at this eatery in the Prairie-au-Duc neighbourhood, where the chef crafts simple and straightforward dishes just like grandma used to make, all in a pleasant atmosphere and red and black décor. Croustillant (crispy dumpling) of farm-fresh tomme (cheese) and onions; salmon steak and squid ink risotto, purée of yams, vegetable clafoutis; chocolate soufflé. Carefully selected wines, attentive service, and modest prices.
Conveniently located near Place de la République – a rapidly changing neighbourhood, recently equipped with a Chronobus and bike paths – this former worker’s restaurant has been transformed into something far more modern. Its strong points: flavourful, elaborate and well-presented cuisine, warm service, the Muscadet sipped at the counter among friends before sitting down to eat in the long and narrow dining room, and the little covered terrace. Excellent value for money.
You’ll go for the originality of the space (floating footbridge), for the magical view of the Loire, for the tasteful décor, and for the Rabelaisian portions of modern cuisine, served up by an alert wait-staff. The ultra-long menu is bursting with nice surprises (crispy millefeuille of mi-cuit tuna with Japanese vinaigrette, plancha-grilled John Dory with Iberian chorizo piperade and young spinach leaves). You can buy your bottle of wine at the nearby cellar, Chai 33.
The stylish clientele come to this chic and modern restaurant, with its view of the Loire River, for the subtlety of its cuisine. An added bonus is the open kitchen, which allows you to witness chef Jean-Yves Massonnet’s culinary art up close. Crispy langoustine and basil dumplings with citrus sauce, tournedos of Teriyaki hake, Asian vegetable stir-fry, cocotte (small pot) of Loire lamprey cooked in Muscadet wine. Dizzying wine cellar and enological wine-tasting (before dinner) on Thursdays starting at 7 pm.
The radical change of scenery and simplicity offered by this down to earth, no-nonsense bistro are among its many qualities. Anchored in Trentemoult, you can reach it via Navibus (the price of a tram ticket, and a pleasant mini-cruise across the Loire) or by road, and enjoy its waterside patio, or a table in one of the large rooms covering two floors. Smoked mackerel and rillettes; stir-fried scallops, crispy crab dumpling; duck breast with raspberry jus and tomato tatin.
An authentic, friendly working-class restaurant next to several construction sites, in the heart of a neighbourhood undergoing a great transformation: l’Île de Nantes. The selection of fresh starters (sea snails, shredded carrots, beets, œufs mayonnaise, charcuteries, etc.), the simplicity and generosity of the homemade dishes – moules marinières au bleu (mussels in white wine with blue cheese), andouillettes (tripe sausage) in mustard sauce and fresh-cut fries – the relaxed atmosphere, the chef and owner who is friendly and always available, and finally the modest prices, all compensate for the straightforward, functional decor.
The view of the Loire with Nantes in the background is one of the reasons to visit this guinguette (open-air restaurant) by the water in Trentemoult (Rezé). In this lively atmosphere, you’ll feast on poêlées de homard (pan-fried lobster), scallops, tiger prawns, langoustines or cuttlefish; fresh cod steaks, wild rice and tiny diced vegetables, crème de Seranno (ham) or noisette d’agneau (boneless filet of lamb), légumes tournés (vegetables), jus d’ail (garlic-infused juices). All this served up in a décor of untreated wood and industrial lamps. Excellent selection of grands crus wines. Open 7/7.
For city-slickers of all stripes, this little neighbourhood nook is worth discovering for its fresh organic, down-home, imaginative and locavore fare. In a vivid, multicolour setting, you can feast on large portions (at not-so-large prices) from a menu that changes daily. The atelier de cuisine (where you can learn to create the best combinations of nutrition and taste) and the tea salon (with its reading space and game room) are added bonuses.
What a view! And an elegant atmosphere in a contemporary, completely transparent dining hall that towers above the Loire, just steps away from Musée Jules Verne. In this new spot (which never empties out), you can take a break from the rat race and leisurely savour the timeless chic of Jean-Yves Guého’s distinguished cuisine (one Michelin star), while letting yourself be pampered by the attentive and discreet staff. Admirable wine cellar.
In a tiny dark street behind Place Royale, this crêperie is run out of what was once a shed belonging to a wholesaler in sugar, spices, and rum. Being there, one is transported to another time. It’s a paradise for fans of delicious and well-made Breton galettes (fresh ingredients, excellent quality flour) all whipped up by the father/chef (who also goes from table to table) while women and children dance around to the sound of traditional biniou bagpipes. Very warm service. Best experienced as a family.
Located within a 5-hectare oasis of greenery, just a few minutes from the city centre, where people come to take a breath… La Terrasse is right in the heart of the stadium! But don’t worry, you need not win three sets of tennis or tackle an opponent to take a seat at the table here. The well-prepared dishes alone are worth a visit, just like the beautiful list of Muscadets.
Stepping inside, you will quickly realize you’re among regulars: jokes are fired back and forth at tables filled with epicurean businessmen, friends who love the conviviality of a Lyon-style bouchon, or childhood pals who share a love of meat. The traditional fare is well-made, served with generosity (and humour!), and accompanied by a solid and fine-tuned wine list. Onglet de veau (cut of veal) well-seasoned jus; charolais rump steak; beef rib steak; king prawns pan-fried in lemongrass and ginger; homemade desserts.
If you are nostalgic for Spain and wish to “tapear” (i.e., “to eat tapas”) at cocktail hour (evenings only), this is the place for you! Right in the heart of Île Feydeau, with its orange tones, this restaurant also knows how to supply diners (lunch and dinner) with fresh, inventive dishes: salad of pan-fried jackknife clams with ginger; Menestra of vegetables, poached egg and “cecina” meat, etc. All with intelligent advice on a great selection of Iberic and new world wines to lend a helping hand.
This is the antithesis of standardized Asian cuisine, where local ingredients are reworked to create “world food”. In a refined setting with a colour pallet of black ebony, slate and powder pink, Nhung Phung gives his creativity and talent free range: chicken breast poached in jus de coquillage (shellfish) infused with coconut curcuma, shellfish, clams, razor clams and seasonal vegetables or grilled filet of tender mackerel marinated in lemongrass and enveloped in sauce vierge. Selection of wines from around the world, and a few Muscadets.
You can sharpen your perception of flavours here (hence the Latin name) in the Atelier des Chefs (cooking lessons and a boutique dedicated to the culinary arts). In this minimalist setting (you could be in London or Northern Europe), with an open kitchen, transparency is key. It can be found in the food being prepared before your very eyes, the recipes that are high in sapidity, the origin of the ingredients (certified AOC, AOP, IGP) and the respect for the taste of the various products used. The appetizing names of dishes can be found on their iPad menus. An absolute must-visit!
This fish restaurant (and more) gets a new lease on life after being adopted by a young couple determined to catch only the best specimens in their nets. This results in excellent dishes like clams al dente and crunchy buckwheat in masala spices, or monkfish steak with cardamom-infused shellfish coulis, all of which come to life with the many local vintages on hand. P.S., Although, for the time being, desserts are the only weak spot, this should be fixed once everything is up to speed.
This popular bistro on Place Viarme has always been a magnet for flea market enthusiasts… but with its traditional and market-fresh cuisine, its red storefront, its contemporary décor, and its vintage Muscadet wines, featured in a very personal wine selection, it deserves to be known by everyone! Regulars return for the enticing menu and pleasant atmosphere. Brochettes of marinated beef with sage, écrasé d’Agata, confit tomatoes, black olives, etc.
Just reading the menu you can almost smell the crêpes, and their… parfum. Roseline Dupé is a Nantes native! Covered in postcards of the historical city center, she also highlights current emblematic objects and places through her exquisite galettes with names like “Passage Pommeraye”, “Grue Titan”, “Machines de l’île”, “Lieu Unique”, and so forth. Local quality ingredients (flour, cider – excellent Domaine Kerveguen – and new season vegetables) are also greatly showcased. Service is thorough and dynamic.
Lovers of savoury galettes have found a hidden gem tucked away between Place Royale and rue du Calvaire. In this crêperie par excellence one can enjoy deliciously fresh (gluten-free) crêpes and galettes in a cozy setting. Everything here is “made in Bretagne” (buckwheat flour, white flour, ciders, 100% artisanal apple juice). Warm welcoming service.
What’s important isn’t the minimalist decor but the appetizing and filling galettes organized into overarching themes: Charcuteries (ham, andouille de Guéméné (tripe sausage), merguez (spicy beef and/or mutton sausage), back bacon, magret (duck breast), chipolata sausage, Beillevaire cheeses (goat, emmental, reblochon), seafood (sardines, trout, halibut, scallops, squid), etc. A menu worthy of a Prévert poem. Lovely patio in the summer.
No matter what you say or write about it, the mishmash interior of random furniture and objects does not do justice to the original dishes you’ll find here which brings together the best culinary elements of France and Réunion island. Samosas made with local, free-range chicken, and confit seasonal vegetables cooked with garam masala, rillettes of candy apples and smoked bacon cooked in Muscadet and oriental spices, rougail filet of Norwegian salmon and pink shrimp with Reunionese spices. Very lively service.
Regulars would rather keep this place a secret, so “Shh!” Far from the mythical forest and its Arthurian legends, the menu here offers an immersion into the magical spell of Breton cuisine. The tempting, and copious savoury galettes are made with local organic buckwheat flour (from Bain de Bretagne). And, do not miss out on the dessert crêpes (butter and sugar, apple and cinnamon, chocolate, jam, etc.), which can also be made with buckwheat flour, prepared by the warm and welcoming owner herself. Good selection of Breton beers.
Sought out for its sumptuous and protected heritage interior, this brasserie was once the headquarters for the Surrealists, and it still never disappoints. You’ll want to go for the 6 varieties of oysters, its seafood platters, its “Muscadothèque” and all the classics: magret (sliced duck breast), tartare, prime rib steak, etc.), served (early and) till late in the evening. But it’s also open for breakfast – homemade viennoiseries, crème caramel au beurre salé de Guérande (salt butter caramel custard), crémet Nantais with seasonal fruit – and there are the new “chic et choc” lunchtime prix-fixe menus.
What a pleasant surprise for those who have tried this promising new addition to the Mellinet-Canclaux neighbourhood. The refined, market-fresh and contemporary cuisine is excellent, the owners (two brothers) greet you with a smile, the prices are affordable, guests are practically sitting on top of one another, and there’s that lovely patio… Filet of hazelnut-breaded Pollock, skate wings with potatoes, capers and jus de langoustines, pork cheeks braised with red peppers, etc.
The chef here makes no concessions when it comes to the quality of his ingredients and knows the pedigree of every animal he meticulously chooses before cooking it in its rawest form. No artifice, just the unadulterated flavours of natural ingredients (also direct from Talensac market). Top it all off with their great knowledge of wine (incredible wine list!) and you’ll get pleasantly tipsy on the well-conserved bouteilles (“bottles”) that are only made available to drink once they’ve reached perfection. You can also buy bottles to take home.
Everybody loves coming to this theatrical, velvet-lined restaurant, with its greyish tones, spangled with purple polka dots. At night, the atmosphere becomes that of an elegant lady’s boudoir, where tiny and refined prix-fixe dinners await. The noteworthy among them are homemade duck foie gras, rhubarb and ginger chutney, and Modena balsamic ice cream; plancha-grilled filet of sea bass, vanilla-infused sauce vierge “cappuccino,” braised fennel with tomato and a mappemonde made with 3 types of chocolate. Warm service, reservation via Internet possible.
The generosity of Lyon-style cuisine expressed through traditional dishes in this lively bistro, with its two upstairs dining rooms and another downstairs. The service is friendly, and even if visitors aren’t amazed at the decor, it’s still worth the trip. Foie gras mi-cuit, duo of terrine and homemade pork rillettes, headcheese in a sauce gribiche, 300g rib steak, Lyon-style andouillette AAAAA, and so on.
You cannot make a mistake by coming here, where guests receive a warm welcome by the owner who regales you with traditional dishes. Breaded lamb’s brains, fish tartares, melt-in-your mouth entrecote steaks, and Loire wines that leave connoisseurs coming back for more. Colourful tables, a patio and a tiny garden complete the tableau.
Bargain-hunters run to this lively café-restaurant that dances to the rhythm of the graceful wait staff in their caps and suspenders. The menu oscillates between brasserie classics and more incisive daily set menus that are flat-out surprising, and all at tiny prices: carpaccio of duck breast, carrot and orange tartelette; filet of red mullet, wild rice and roast pineapples; cod loin, king prawn gnocchi, etc. Discriminating wine cellar.
Run by Mark Kelly, an affable Irishman, this urban cafeteria garners great praise for its fresh and flavourful “world food”, its Guinness, its considerate hospitality, and its lively atmosphere. Above all, the staff here want to make you happy, and that’s more often than not the case. This has pushed some to say that it’s one of the best deals in Nantes! Try the salad of spicy beef, or the pan-fried peppercorn steak with masala risotto.
“4 consonants and 3 vowels” – but who exactly is this Raphaël? An excellent little neighbourhood restaurant, it would seem. Needless to say, we strongly advise you to reserve a table, since this eatery is usually packed with well-informed locals. With its unbelievably fresh and laconic set menus, rigorously selected wines, and warm wooden interior, you cannot help but have a good time. Pollock loin breaded with pistachio, melted almond butter; accras of creole chicken; crabmeat ravioli in a Thai bouillon.
The originality of this space (the city’s former courthouse after a very contemporary makeover – projection screen, white wainscoting – inside the Radisson Blu Hotel) and the set-menus for every budget, make this an ideal spot. Filet of sea bass in a Nori crust, cream of lamb’s lettuce, and saffron risotto; confit lamb shoulder with hazelnuts, white beans in truffle oil. Brunch one Sunday per month. Outdoor terrace.
Shining brightly behind the old Palais de Justice courthouse, this new restaurant has proven itself to be one of the year’s surprises. With its fresh and tasty offerings, served in a minimalist, office-like space that is stylish but relaxed, with attentive service and reasonable prices… this place is not to be missed. There are also tasting sessions of different oils before meals and several products you can take home.
“What a pleasant surprise!” is what wine-lovers say about this bistro-wine cellar on l’Île Feydeau, with no less than 50 wines by the glass – thanks to a technique conserving the precious nectar without altering it. So, expect delicious wine tastings along with a plate of tapas, or bistro-style dishes featuring seasonal produce. The noon express menu (starter, main dish and dessert – all in the same plate) and the foie gras you can take home will delight even the busiest of customers. Good service.
This brilliant neo-bistro lives up to its word-of-mouth reputation. Run by an English chef, it is this Fall’s newest surprise, with its local and ethnic dishes, made with great precision, often unexpected, and all served in a relaxed and contemporary space. Label Rouge salmon, miso, cucumber pickles, horseradish yogurt, nori; lean roast beef, pan-fried young greens, sesame rice, chestnut crumble, verbena emulsion, parsley. Attentive service and reasonable prices.
Under the gothic rib vaults of a former chapel (Saint Vincent, 16th century), you’ll find an atypical spot brimming with charm. Here, you’ll willingly commit a few capital sins in the form of a tenderloin of suckling pig, mousson of vanilla-infused celery, well-seasoned jus à l’arabica, or filet of duck, confit Jerusalem artichoke, conference pear poached in Chinon wine. All this before coveting the either aged or creamy three-cheese plate aux deux chocolats, black and ivory, and jivara chocolate tuile biscuit.
Nantes’ Italophiles travel from every corner of the city to savour the perfectly cooked fresh, homemade pasta at this bustling restaurant that changes its routine on a daily basis. Far from discouraging the faithful flock, the tightly packed spaces and the Nitto family’s constant banter inside the dining room and kitchen are very appealing. The unchanging price of the constantly changing plat du jour (lunch and dinner) will make you want to try it everyday. There’s also the ravioli al burro di salvia e parmiggiano (sage butter and parmesan) and easily the best tiramisu in Nantes.
Guests are immediately charmed by the woodwork and leather associated with the elegant layout of the tables. They then put their complete trust in the very long list of seafood possibilities offered up by chef David Garrec. Delicious wild abalone prepared en meunière de balsamique, steamed blue lobster dumplings in cumbawa sauce, all of it given the respect it deserves through a wide range of grand cru wines and exceptional Muscadets. There’s also a carefully prepared lunchtime prix-fixe menu at a decent price.
You’re probably not familiar with this tiny, harmoniously mismatched bistro/tea salon run by Aurélie Briot, alias “Mademoiselle B”. But those who have spotted it come to snack on simple, fresh dishes (tuna rillettes, papillotes of fresh salmon and new season vegetables) while others snatch up the pastries. A godsend for breakfasts, lunches, and afternoon snacks, especially if you like sweets.
The city of Nantes has a new Michelin-starred chef! Putting on his apron day after day, he combines sensitivity, curiosity and flavours, whetting the appetites of his guests. Don’t hold back and plunge your fork into his stunning, refined contemporary cuisine, whose rules are simple: perpetual questioning and persistence in the search for taste and new meaningful pairings. Smart cellar.
A restaurant to watch, where the food flirts with real gastronomy – which is normal, when you know that the head chef cut his teeth with Bernard Loiseau and Raymond Blanc. But the prices are closer to something you’d find in a bistro, “where everyone can find what they’re looking for.” The prix-fixe menu changes regularly depending on the season in a cosy and discreet interior. Shellfish tartare with champagne granita, monkfish steaks, poached oyster and chanterelles, etc. Attractive wine list.
If you love crêpes and savoury galettes made with white or buckwheat flour (organic, from Brittany), run to rue de la Baclerie and dive into the Nantes of yesteryear (neighbourhood: Le Bouffay). In a boat-themed decor (wood panelling, portholes, ropes, rudders, etc.), you will feast on food prepared with emblematic local ingredients. The crew is warm and the bill won’t start any mutinies.
Freshness is the rule in this new restaurant (small menu changed daily) where you can watch the chef in action (open kitchen) or stay glued to your stool at the bar and make friends with the regulars. The delicious and lovingly presented fare, the great selection of wines by the glass, the amazing desserts, and the laid-back atmosphere make this place an excellent spot for “foodistas”.
In the exact spot where Penn Kalet once stood (which was already an excellent restaurant), Le Coin des Crêpes is surprising for its remarkable selection of products (organic fruits and vegetables, butter and cheese from Beillevaire, Molenig organic cider and Coat-Albret demi-sec, Pont l’Abbé organic flour, etc.) and its savoury and dessert crêpes that are so tasty, you’ll return again and again. Brunch is served on Saturday and you can products to take home with you (jams, organic honey, homemade salt and butter caramel, cider, apple juice, organic buckwheat and white flour…).
This restaurant will leave you breathless with the beauty of its patio. An isle of tranquillity in a stunning cobblestoned, tree-lined courtyard, it is hands down one of the city’s loveliest terrasses. There’s also the menu, combining spices and flavours from around the world, as well as the fisherman’s catch of the day. And let’s not forget the desserts, made by the owner herself in person. The tasteful and cozy decor (amplified by the many hanging lights), the music, and the quality of the service will also cast their spell on you.
A blessing for all emulators of Bacchus. Béatrice Dominé, owner and enologist, is always in search of the most harmonious associations, and her wine list completes the chef’s irreproachably fresh concoctions. At noon, you’ll hesitate between the plats du jour and the plats prestiges (a little more refined and inventive), offering 2 meat dishes and 2 types of fish from the market. In the evening, the best bottles are brought out of the cellar for wine tastings (€45 dinner included upon reservation).
A 19th century establishment that treats its guests with generosity in a setting filled with paintings, wall lamps and non-matching furniture to a salmon and gold-coloured backdrop. This restaurant is admirable in its consistency to offer French cuisine with brilliant academicism, enamelled with subtle and modern associations. The wine list offers a sweeping overview of Muscadet and Loire vineyards. Attentive service and hospitality. Good value for price.
Simply put, the food here is good: well-prepared and perfectly cooked with sincere respect for ingredients and surprising authenticity. You’ll feel at home here in the simple, gently coloured interior (stone walls, turquoise tables) of this miniature restaurant and tiny terrace. Do not miss out on the iconic homemade foie gras (also available for sale in jars to take home) and the wine à la ficelle (you only pay for what you drink). Large selection of wines. Good service.
The simple, flavourful and comforting cuisine here brings together people of different backgrounds and generations. Green apple and beetroot gaspacho, grilled escalope of wild salmon; steak of Loire mullet, vegetable risotto; caramelized veal sweetbreads; Punta de Lomo and langoustines. In short, a lovely little restaurant, where you will be handled with care (and so will your wallet).
Chef Nicolas Guiet (former second-in-command to Eric Guérin) shows his unique flair by highlighting vegetal flavours with the help of market gardener Olivier Durand and his “experimental” crops. On the menu you’ll find an explosion of sea/land/vegetal flavours brought to their highest expression. Purée of coconut, grecque of red cabbage, plancha-cooked scallops in bacon jus and covered in avocado muesli, foie gras with preserved lamb, white chocolate and Petit LU. PS: l’U.Ni means l’Univers de Nicolas…
Neo-bistro cuisine that is breathtaking in its simplicity and depth, adopting the rules of “Raffinerie” (refinement) by modifying raw material into final products of great value! Precise cooking times, highlighting ingredients with subtle exotic Vietnamese, Réunionnais, or Greek influences. We love the bread, the very original homemade ice creams and sorbets (which speaks volumes about the chef’s seriousness, professionalism and… sweet tooth), and the shaded terrace in the summer. New décor.
A recent addition to the city that is more of a “Plan A” than the name implies, meaning it should be at the top of your list rather than a back-up solution. Regulars hold it in high esteem for its modern approach to bistro cuisine, its smooth service, its relaxed atmosphere, and its fair prices. On the menu, filet mignon in a honey sauce, beetroot carpaccio with sesame seed oil, and arugula or fresh codfish served with beurre blanc on a bed of black rice risotto. Ideal for lunch time, stunning outdoor terrace in good weather.
A chic, bright, and laid-back stop where the Erdre and Loire rivers meet, behind the revamped bleachers of the mythical Marcel Saupin Stadium. You will want to go for the relaxed atmosphere instilled by the hospitable owner, for the décor with its Scandinavian tones, for the enormous library, for its tasty cuisine, and for the lovely wines in its well-stocked cellar. The friendly service and riverside patio, far from the chaos of the city, also make this place a must.
A rather unique place in terms of its concept and personality, which defines itself as a “fun and family-friendly café”. Entire parties of children, mothers, afternoon theatre workshops, games and books for every age group, lively tea-time-apéritif parties, a pleasant weekend atmosphere, loud but not too much so. And then, there’s their healthy cuisine (organic), which is simple, intuitive, very tasty, and not at all bland because it is so well-seasoned. Wi-Fi for mommy bloggers.
Serious eaters and drinkers will be happy to find the authentic regional cuisine on offer here, handled extremely well by an energetic brigade in the open kitchen of this loft, which is both a brasserie, gourmet food store and a workshop. An absolute must is the roast demi-pigeonneau (half-squab) from Chez M. Terrien with foie gras, or the roast filet of John Dory with ground cherry emulsion, and top it all off with the crémet Nantais with quince marmalade. The cellar, which is visible right as you enter, is incredibly well-stocked.
This little Japanese restaurant, near Place Viarme, is without a doubt one of the best places in Nantes for sushi prepared right before your eyes. The exceptional technique and freshness of the fish (direct from Talensac market) are worth the trip. Everyone agrees that the chirashi, sushi tataki, bento, yakitori, sashimi, tempura and other variations on fish (accompanied with sake or muscadet) are to die for it ! New location (on rue Colmar) is expected to open Autumn 2015, so stay tuned!
An almost religious attachment to quality produce, technical cooking methods and a Mystery Prix-fixe menu are the foundations of this delicious haunt. This Nantes institution has been taken over by a chef who spent much of his career in the kitchens of Paris. You’ll find yourself rubbing your eyes in disbelief at the foie gras beignet (donut) with balsamic caramel, the cold lobster consommé, shredded rabbit and lobster au citron vert (cooked in lime juice), roast codfish with andouille de Guemené, white peach gaspacho with anise and raspberries, and its highly specialized wine cellar (fantastic Muscadets and other local wines). Excellent services.
The splendid Jardin des Plantes acts as the setting for this bistro, offering its guests a green isle of tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. Its well-prepared cuisine and generous prices, all served by a pleasant staff, means it is taken by storm once the sun comes out. So, it is best to reserve if you want a table on the outdoor patio. Spicy melon granita and magret de canard fume (smoked duck breast), New York-style cheesecake… Brunches and afternoon snacks too.
This brasserie (part of the Jean-Yves Guého empire), close to the Cité des Congrès, has no shortage of wonderful qualities, including its view of the Saint-Félix Canal, its nautical decor and its tranquillity. So feel free to take a seat on the terrace (a masterpiece by l’Atelier Vecteur) for a coffee, a glass of wine or a delicious dish of contemporary brasserie cuisine. And you surely won’t regret dipping into a lovely seafood platter. Well-orchestrated reception and service.
Mathieu’s bistro/grocery store is a brand new stop along the “rue de la faim” (i.e., “Hunger Street” – better known as rue Fouré) which brings together delicious amuse-bouches (excellent tapenade de Nyons), traditional bistro fare (terrine du chef, Blonde d’Aquitaine prime rib and rib steak, freshly caught fish, medallions of foie gras), Plancha-grilled meats, cheese and charcuterie plates, and no less than 400 wines to choose from. Food lovers mustn’t forget to browse around the grocery store.
You’ll be happy you pushed open the door to this spot! Behind a nondescript façade, just a few streets from le lieu unique, hides a comfortably warm and intimate décor, where the tables aren’t stacked on top of each other (with one off to the side for roughly ten guests). Jazz plays in the background as the attentive staff brings out the chef’s fresh and inventive cuisine. Tatin-style shallot confit and Cabécou cheese ice cream; roast monkfish with andouille de Guéméné, cold cuts and rosemary, emulsion of spider crab, and more.
Here, they get straight to the point: a typical postwar bistro interior, simple and friendly service, drinkable wines and family-style generosity in every dish. On the menu (which is changed daily) you’ll find traditional comfort food featuring game, poultry, two fish dishes and one red meat. The cellar is right on the money with a few pleasant bottles, and a penchant for Loire Valley wines that are easy on the wallet. Ideal for a lunch with co-workers, or an evening with friends.