Best restaurants in Lorraine

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Metz

    L'Imaginarium

    Decorated with one-of-a-kind artworks, this sleek, monochrome bistro by the river is one of Metz’ top foodie addresses. The season-driven menu emphasises clean, bright flavours in dishes such as salmon with pumpkin velouté and crispy hazelnuts, and duck breast in a peanut crust with artichoke. There's a €17 children's menu.

  • Restaurants in Nancy

    La Maison dans le Parc

    Shining with one Michelin star, this restaurant is Nancy's bastion of fine dining. Service is faultless and the ambience one of urban sophistication, with clean lines, monochrome hues and floor-to-ceiling windows. A smartly dressed crowd pours in for chef Françoise Mutel's artistically presented, intensely flavoured creations, simple as sea-bass tartare with oysters and caviar, and Iberian pork with sweet garlic.

  • Restaurants in Metz

    Les Caves Saint-Clement

    This caviste (wine merchant) is a delight, with bistro seating in a bright, open-plan, lavender-accented dining area. Market-fresh ingredients go into unfussy yet well-prepared dishes – homemade jambon persille (ham terrine with parsley), say, or fresh tagliatelle tossed in butter, Parmesan and herbs. Even better is the lack of marked-up wine prices – simply choose your bottle from the shelf.

  • Restaurants in Metz

    Le Magasin aux Vivres

    Conjurer of textures and seasonal flavours, chef Christophe Dufossé makes creative use of local produce at this sophisticated Michelin-starred restaurant. Moselle wines work well with specialities such as plump scallops with fresh truffle, Jerusalem artichoke millefeuille and roasted hazelnuts, and salt-crusted sea bass with seaweed and thyme and bay-leaf sauce. The three-course lunch is a snip at €38.

  • Restaurants in Metz

    Les Copains d'Abord

    Winningly fresh ingredients shine in regional cuisine, matched with an impressive array of wines, at Les Copains d'Abord. Dishes such as pike-perch with ravioli and morel sauce, and lamb cooked with spring vegetables and herbs speak profoundly of the seasons. Alternatively, opt for sharing boards of top-quality fromage and charcuterie.

  • Restaurants in Metz

    Restaurant Thierry

    Combining the historic backdrop of a 16th-century townhouse with the lighting, bohemian flair and subtly spiced cuisine of Morocco, this is one of Metz’ most coveted tables. An aperitif in the candlelit salon works up an appetite for global flavours such as swordfish with risotto and red curry, and tagine of lamb with olives and dried fruit.

  • Restaurants in Metz

    Le Jardin de Bellevue

    Worth the 3km trek out of town, Le Jardin de Bellevue is a class act. The backdrop is sophisticated, with white-linen-draped tables, shades of taupe and orange and fresh flowers. The food itself has a seasonal slant, be it scallop carpaccio with crab cannelloni or perfectly cooked Vosges pigeon – presented and served with finesse.

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    Le Petit Frontalier

    Huddled away in an old-town backstreet, this bright, modern bistro draws on the best of seasonal, regional produce. Dishes like crispy suckling pig and lamb in a tangy Comté cheese crust are nicely cooked and presented. Save room for enticing desserts such as tarte tatin with mirabelle plums and almond cream.

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    Le Pampre

    Housed in a listed building, with rich colours, wood floors and subtle lighting, this is a smart pick for a special lunch or dinner. The food tastes as good as it sounds on paper, simple as a sous-vide egg from a local farm with Beluga lentils or fillet of Lorraine beef in a Bordelaise red wine and shallot sauce.

  • Restaurants in Nancy

    Le V-Four

    With just a handful of tables, this petite bistro is all about intimacy and understated sophistication. Mulberry chairs and crisp white tablecloths set the scene for original creations such as grilled scallops with Jerusalem artichoke and truffle. The three-course lunch is a steal at €21. Book ahead.

  • Restaurants in Nancy

    Le Gentilhommiere

    Warm-hued, subtly lit Le Gentilhommiere stands head and shoulders above most of the restaurants on rue des Maréchaux. Specialities like scallop tartlet with beetroot and liquorice vinaigrette and pike-perch fillets with Lorraine truffle risotto reveal true depth of flavour.

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    La Table de Pol

    Intimate lighting and cheek-by-jowl tables keep the mood mellow in this friendly bistro, which serves winningly fresh modern French dishes prepared with market produce, along the lines of lamb filet mignon in a herb crust and cod fillet with asparagus – all cooked to a T.

  • Restaurants in Nancy

    Inévitable

    You can expect a warm welcome at this slick, monochrome bistro, which keeps its menu seasonal, simple and regional, along the lines of market-fresh fish with braised fennel and bergamot confit.

  • Restaurants in Nancy

    La Petite Cuillère

    On the main drag in Nancy's Vieille Ville, 'the little spoon' is an artful take on the bistro, with its muted colours, slick furnishings and quirky lighting. The menu keeps things classic, with starters like Bourgogne snails and baked Camembert acting as the prelude to mains like steak tartare with frites.

  • Restaurants in Nancy

    Voyou

    Hip, split-level, doodle-daubed Voyou is hands-down the best place in town for a gourmet burger you can properly sink your teeth into. On the menu are burgers made from quality meat, served in organic buns, with toppings like raclette, rösti and caramelised onions, plus a veggie option. All come with proper frites and salad.

  • Restaurants in Nancy

    Brasserie Excelsior

    As opulent as a Fabergé egg with its stucco and stained glass, Excelsior whisks you back to the decadent era of art nouveau. Brusquely efficient waiters bring brasserie classics such as oysters (September through April), juicy steaks and banquet-like seafood platters to the table. There's an €11.90 children's menu.

  • Restaurants in Nancy

    Pidélice

    Is it a pizza? Is it a sandwich? Well, a pidélice is kind of both, served hot, crunchy and stuffed with gourmet fillings – from feta and olives to steak with melted cheese – prepared with organic ingredients. The walls are covered with quirky photos of moustaches; see if you can snap a better one.

  • Restaurants in Nancy

    L'Artisan Épicier

    Trading in spices, herbs and top-quality condiments, this friendly, modern, jar-lined bistro naturally uses these to flavour appetising day specials like chicken tagines, which go for a wallet-friendly €8. The menu, including dessert and tea or coffee, will set you back €12.90.

  • Restaurants in Nancy

    La Primatiale

    The food looks as good as it tastes at this upbeat, art-strewn bistro. Clean, bright flavours such as carpaccio of trout with coriander, and monkfish with shellfish coulis reveal a definite Mediterranean slant. There's always a vegetarian or vegan option.

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    Le Bouche à Oreille

    Resembling an overgrown doll’s house, this knick-knack-filled bistro specialises in cheese-based dishes such as raclette, tartiflette (creamy, cheesy potato bake with onions and lardons) and fondue. There's a €10 kids' menu.