Restaurants

Top Choice French in St-Émilion

La Terrasse Rouge

Knowing foodies adore this spectacular vineyard restaurant, born out of Jean Nouvel's designer revamp of Château La Dominique's wine cellars, 5km north of St-Émilion. Chefs work with small local producers to source …
Top Choice Seafood in Pyla-sur-Mer

La Co(o)rniche

There's no more glamorous address on the Atlantic Coast than this 1930s hunting lodge, reinvented by French designer Philippe Starck. Perfectly placed for a meal or tapas-fuelled drink after a sandy walk on Dune du …
Top Choice Cafe in Saint-Pierre, Saint-Paul & the Triangle d'Or

Brasserie Le Bordeaux

To dine à la Gordon Ramsay without breaking the bank, reserve a table at his elegant belle époque brasserie with an interesting, Anglo-French hybrid cuisine – local Arcachon oysters, fish 'n' chips, Gascon pork pie …
Top Choice International in Bordeaux

Magasin Général

Follow the hip crowd across the river to this huge industrial hangar on the right bank, France's biggest and best organic restaurant with a gargantuan terrace complete with vintage sofa seating, ping-pong table and …
Top Choice French in The Medoc

Café Lavinal

With Michelin-starred chef Julien Lefebvre from Château Cordeillan-Bages overseeing the menu and 120 wines on the carte de vin, a brilliant dining experience is guaranteed at this village bistro near Pauillac. Retro…
Top Choice Modern French in Nantes

Pickles

This buzzing neobistro would be right at home in Paris. Market-sourced, modern and wholly creative cuisine by English chef Dominic Quirke (a Newcastle lad wed to a French lass) is sensational – and extraordinarily g…
Top Choice International in Cognac

L’Arty Show

Cognac brandy invariably stars in the inventive, veg- and pulse-packed dishes of chefs Nathalie and Delphine at L'Arty Show, an edgy bistro with vintage flea-market furnishings and a name that sounds like artichaut …
Top Choice Seafood in La Rochelle

Le Panier de Crabes

The Basket of Crabs is, funnily enough, a self-proclaimed bistrot de gens de mer (seafarers' bistro) dishing up sensational Marennes d'Oléron oysters, winkles and whelks, shrimps, crabs and extravagant seafood platt…
Top Choice French in Saint-Michel & Capucins-Victoire

La Tupina

Filled with the aroma of soup simmering inside a tupina ('kettle' in Basque) over an open fire, this iconic bistro is feted for its seasonal southwestern French fare: calf kidneys with fries cooked in goose fat, mil…
Top Choice Seafood in La Rochelle

André

Opened in the 1950s as a waterfront seafood cafe, André grew so popular it began buying adjacent shops. It is now an eye-catching maze of eight different interconnecting rooms, each with its own individual ambience …