Restaurants

Top Choice Bistro in La Montagne Protestante

La Coulemelle

Renowned French chef Régis Marcon has a glittering trio of Michelin stars and he masterminds a clutch of restaurants in St-Bonnet-le-Froid. An affordable gastronomic experience can be enjoyed at this bistro, where e…
Top Choice French in Le Mont-Dore

La Golmotte

This farm-style inn is well worth the 3km trek up the main road towards Col de Guéry. Regional classics like cheesy truffade and pounti (a prune-studded savoury cake) are offered beneath its wooden rafters, but so a…
Top Choice French in Le Puy-en-Velay

Entrez les Artistes

Chef Pascale Suc pours heart, soul and lovingly selected local ingredients into the meals at this small, simple restaurant. The atmosphere is jolly, Le Puy lentils are seasoned to perfection, portions are ample from…
Top Choice French in Riom

Le Flamboyant

Near Riom's clock tower, chef Hervé Klein accents local ingredients with flavours from India, Japan and beyond. Be surprised by seven courses selected by the chef (€100) or snap up a weekday lunch menu, featuring re…
Top Choice French in Le Puy-en-Velay

Restaurant Tournayre

One of Le Puy's best addresses for food and form. Its atmospheric setting, within a 12th- to 16th-century hôtel particulier (town house), sets the tone, but the food will dominate conversation. Citrus cod and chicke…
Top Choice Bistro in Clermont-Ferrand

Le Sisisi

Just off cathedral square, this understated little restaurant has Clermont's most coveted tables. Le Sisisi's deft balance of sweet and savoury – spiced honey duck breast, ray fillet with vanilla potatoes – builds o…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Vichy

La Table d'Antoine

Abstract portraits and high-backed chairs create a boutique feel at this temple to French fine dining. Choose from flavour pairings like char in calamondin sauce or beef with Cantal-drenched onions. Desserts are jus…
Top Choice Crêpes in Salers

Le Drac

Named for a hairy, mischievous gnome, this cellar restaurant is a winning address thanks to well-executed regional cuisine and faultless service. Top billing goes to juicy Salers beef served with cheesy truffade, bu…
French in Murol

Aux 500 Diables

The devil has all the best food at this infernally named restaurant, a 6km drive west of Chambon-sur-Lac. The dining room is arranged around a large open fire, but the menu is more sophisticated than the chalet bric…
French in Salers

La Diligence

Loosen your belt for generous servings of regional delicacies such as pork with lentils, pounti (bacon- and prune-studded savoury cake) and bourriols (thick buckwheat pancakes) crammed with Cantal cheese at this res…