Restaurants in Bordeaux
Dining out in Bordeaux is a joy and there are a vast selection of quality restaurants cooking up traditional French cuisine and international options. In the last few years Bordeaux has revitalised its image and become a more fashionable and sophisticated city. The quality of its restaurants has surged along with this style revolution and there are increasing numbers of Michelin-starred eateries to choose from. Great restaurants in Bordeaux are clumped in three main areas: Les Quais, Gambetta Square and the old town. However, you can find lovely places to eat strewn throughout the city and your biggest problem is likely to be too much choice and variety. It is not a cheap city to dine out in though and eating on a budget can be difficult. Although many people come to Bordeaux largely to sample and buy the excellent local wines drinking it in restaurants can be very expensive.
Local specialities to look out for on the menu are wood-pigeon stew and foie gras; and for dessert the Bordeaux Canele Cake which is a rum and vanilla flavoured treat that can't be missed. Of course, anything and everything ought to be washed down with the region's famous wine, even if it is a little costly.
Set in the heart of historic Bordeaux and surrounded by antique shops and cobbled streets, Le Mably is the perfect spot for anyone and everyone. It has been described as kitsch but cute, but whichever way you look at it, the small and bustling eatery featuring a few tables spilling out into the nearby square creating al fresco dining, keeps patrons coming back for more. Try the duck necks stuffed with pistachio nuts or the boeuf bourguignon with your favourite bottle of red from a nearby winery. Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Bookings recommended.
Address: 12 Rue Mably
Telephone: 05 56 44 30 10
Philippe Chez Dubern
Established in 1886 by the Dubern brothers, Philippe Chez Dubern specialises in fish and seafood, featuring innovative and inspired dishes that just about every foodie will enjoy. With several airy dining rooms, the décor echoes the style of cuisine and the descriptions 'light and tasteful' come to mind when describing this popular eatery. Sample the delicious Tepinyaki fillet of beef and prawns with sautéed vegetables, or enjoy a glass of the region's finest red wine while you enjoy dining at Philippe Chez Dubern.
Address: 42-44 allées de Tourny
Telephone: 05 56 79 07 70
Opened in 1968, this cosy and quaint French eatery specialising in local south western fare is a popular restaurant with both locals and tourists who come to sample the gastronomical experience it offers. Start with duck carpaccio with shallots before sinking into the delicious braised shoulder of lamb cooked in its juices with garlic, while those with a sweet tooth will love the rhubarb and apple 'tarte fine'. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.
Address: 6 rue de la Porte de la Monnaie
Telephone: 05 56 91 56 37
La Vieux Bordeaux
Nestled in the heart of the old town, La Vieux Bordeaux serves traditional local dishes in a quaint and cosy atmosphere. Featuring two dining rooms, a patio and a shady garden, guests can sit back and enjoy dining on dishes such as grilled sea bass, sweet pepper butter with ham or duck tenderloin with pepper and foie gras. Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed last two weeks in February and three weeks in August each year. Reservations recommended.
Address: 27 rue Buhan
Telephone: (0)5 56 52 94 36
Le Chapon Fin
Dining out in Bordeaux doesn't get much better than Le Chapon Fin. Established in 1825, it was one of the first restaurants to ever receive three Michelin stars, and one of the first 33 to receive a Michelin award. The stylish and unpretentious eatery features a wonderful variety of cuisines, all carefully prepared under the scrutiny of head chef and owner, Nicolas Frion, known for his innovative and refined style of cooking. Start with the pan-fried foie gras with a hint of garlic, onion & grenadine compote, and enjoy the Tajine-style canon of lamb served with polenta fries and olive tapenade. Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed three weeks in August each year. Reservations required.
Address: 5 rue Montesquieu
Telephone: (0)5 56 79 10 10
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