La Ridelloise: Family friendly restaurant with veggie choices
This is a nice quiet home-style restaurant with incredibly friendly service. There is an upstairs room in addition to the ground floor. The food is very good and not too expensive. Vegetarian choices are available if that's what you want.
They recommend a reservation on Saturday nights and since Azay is a very small town, that is probably a good idea, perhaps for any night. We eat early, usually 7:00 to 7:30 PM and we've never needed a reservation so you could do that too.
There were families with children so if you have your family with you, this might be a good choice.
Favorite Dish: First visit journal entry: "We had a very good salad with cheese and walnuts, duck in wine sauce, several excellent cheeses and a dessert."
Second visit journal entry: "We started with a peach kir royal, had the cheese, tomato and walnut salad, then Ed had salmon and I the lamb. We tried different cheeses tonight and enjoyed them. We both had profiteroles for dessert."
The profiteroles were heavenly, flaky pastry, not something that sat around all afternoon.
Third visit journal entry: "We left the beautiful white château in a lake and walked the grounds, then moved uptown to Restaurant Le Ridelloise where we joined several local families for lunch. Most, we noted, were having the nine euro daily special but Ed opted for the 13 euro salmon menu while Peg and I got the 17 euro duck that was a house special. It was fantastic. The duck, cooked in a red wine sauce, was falling off the bone and was served with an excellent potato Dauphinoise. We got the profiteroles for dessert because we knew they were great."
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La Crédence: Eat Here and Enjoy
“At Azay-le-Rideau, and elsewhere dotted throughout the district of Touraine, the delightful chateaux of the nobility bear witness to the memorable times when Francis held his court on the banks of the Loire.”
— from “The Story of the Art of Building” 1901 By Percy Leslie Waterhouse
This sweet little restaurant is très chic. The food is very good; the service is equally fine.
If you are visiting during the colder weather the indoor dining rooms are charming; but do sit in the garden if you are there in the spring or summer or fall. The garden borders the walkway to the château.
‘Crédence’ means buffet; but this restaurant is a full-service establishment.
The 148-acre vineyard of Azay-le-Rideau is believed to be the birthplace of winegrowing in the Touraine region during the Gallo-Roman period. While at Château d’Azay-le-Rideau such royal hosts as François I and Louis XIII gave priority to the wines (see photo #3) of this area on their tables.
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RELAIS DE LA SALAMANDRE
In the centre of Azay-le-Rideau, there's a big square for parking your car. Around this square you can find a couple of pubs and restaurants.
We had lunch in Relais de la Salamandre. You can sit outside in the big garden or inside in a nice interior.
Favorite Dish: On the menu, you'll find salades, pizzas, crêpes ...
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