Naturally gourmet Bordeaux serves up excellent dining, invariably paired with exceptional wine lists featuring plenty of regional wines from the surrounding Bordeaux vineyards. Timeless dining icons mingle with new openings and cheaper eats in the tasty tangle of pedestrian streets in Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul. North along the river, quai des Chartons is laced with waterfront restaurants and bars – particularly enchanting at sunset.

Best Lists

Eating

  • Brasserie Le Bordeaux Belle époque brasserie with an Anglo-Franco cuisine in Bordeaux's landmark hotel.
  • Au Bistrot A timeless ode to traditional market cuisine and seasonal produce.
  • Chez Jean-Mi Oysters and decadent seafood platters at the Capucins food market.
  • Mets Mets Sharp, locavore neobistro with talented young chef Léo Forget at the helm in St-Seurin.
  • Le Bouchon Bordelais Inventive bistro cooking on a backstreet near place de la Comédie.
  • Garopapilles Exceptional market cuisine by Parisian chef Tanguy Laviale.

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  • Les Halles de Bacalan Gleaming state-of-the-art market hall with on-site dining.
  • Chez Jean-Mi Affordable seafood dining at the central food market.
  • La Boulangerie Bespoke, made-to-measure sandwiches at a staunchly local bakery in Saint-Michel.
  • Jean Pince Hipster seafood canteen in Saint-Pierre, inspired by a US shack diner.
  • Woof Gourmet hot dogs in Saint-Pierre, to eat in or to go.

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  • Au Bistrot Down-to-earth bistro dining down a Saint-Pierre backstreet.
  • Horace Speciality coffee roasts and outstanding international fare in a cool coffee shop designed for all-day lounging.
  • Belle Campagne Tasting plates to share or the Full Monty menu in a Bordelais neobistro.
  • The Meat Pack Barbecued meats in an upcycled blacksmith’s workshop in Saint-Pierre.
  • Le Petit Commerce Around for ions, this quality seafood and fish restaurant never gets old.
  • Brasserie Le Bordeaux Traditional brasserie dining, just as it was in glitzy belle-époque Bordeaux.

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  • Le Pressoir d’Argent Michelin two-starred gastronomic dining (and an awful lot of lobster) inside the 18th-century Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux.
  • La Grande Maison Stylish chateau dining with sensational wine pairings courtesy of a Bordeaux wine magnate.
  • La Tupina Top-notch Bordelais cuisine in a rustic, farmhouse-styled dining room in St-Michel.

By Cuisine: Traditional French

  • La Tupina Outstanding Bordelais cuisine, with many dishes cooked above an open fire.
  • Au Bistrot As locavore, seasonal and as hardcore traditional as you get near Capucins market.
  • Le Bouchon Bordelais Snail stew is among the regional treats at this traditional bistro.
  • Le Petit Commerce Fish and seafood restaurant, serving all the classics.
  • La Boîte à Huîtres Is there anything more traditional than a dozen oysters?

By Cuisine: Modern French

  • Mets Mots Creative, seasonal cuisine by talented young chef Léo Forget in a stylish neobistro in Saint-Seurin.
  • Garopapilles Michelin-starred restaurant and wine cellar with summertime courtyard garden.
  • Belle Campagne Tasting plates to share and full-blown dining on local produce at a fantastic neobistro in Saint-Pierre.
  • Le Davoli Stand-out, gourmet dining with chef David Grangier in Saint-Pierre.
  • Miles A firm, modern French favourite that has lost none of its flavour.

Weekend Brunch

  • Horace Veg-packed, uber-healthy brunches and specialist coffee in a stylish lounge near Saint-Pierre.
  • Au Couvent Backstreet address in Chartrons, oozing vintage charm and creativity.
  • Le Monologue The urban-cool brunch address in fashionable Saint-Seurin.
  • Magasin Général The original brunch address, still going strong, on the edgy Rive Droite.
  • Contrast Indulgent all-day breakfast and brunches, served in an elegant all-white space near the cathedral.
  • La Grande Poste Sensational Sunday brunch in a former art-deco post office.

Price Ranges

The following price ranges refer to a two-course meal, be it an entrée (starter) and plat (main course) or main and dessert, or a two- or three-course menu (set meal at a fixed price).

less than €20

€€ €20–40

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