Pays de la Loire Restaurants

  • La cigale
    La cigale
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  • Sylvain at Le Colombien, in Villandry
    Sylvain at Le Colombien, in Villandry
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  • Le Combien in Villandry, France
    Le Combien in Villandry, France
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Pays de la Loire Restaurants

  • local traditional guérande

    great ambiance medieval and friendly service; i have collègues from work who live here and recommended this restaurant, so we try and as usual from gourmand to gourmand it is very good.It is decorated in a 17C theme with great chimneys in wood in front of you. They do the best grill meats that are superb. Of course they have menu du jour at mid...

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  • Nice sunny place for lunch in Saumur

    We wanted to have lunch in downtown Saumur before heading back to the train station to catch our train. It was still a bit early (11:00 am) and I'll always remember the puzzled look the waitress gave me when I asked her if it was too early for dinner! (I meant to ask her if it was too early for lunch.) The "plat du jour" wasn't ready yet, but she...

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  • Casual atmosphere and fun location in...

    We were looking for a nice place where we could enjoy a fun celebratory dinner after having completed our 300-km bike ride through the Loire Valley. The first place we sat at, called "Brasserie de la Bourse", had a nice terrace, but the menu turned out to be not very interesting and the waiter was kind of rude so we just got up and left without...

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  • Try another local specialty in...

    This little cafe (it's called a tea room, but it looks more like a cafe) features a Tourraine specialty on its menu called "fouées". This little square bread looks a bit like a blown-up pita bread, so you can stuff it like a sandwich. Ours were served with a plate of cheese, rillettes, creamy mushrooms, salad and baked apple slices. So it was a bit...

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  • Loved this "tourist trap" in Chinon

    I first spotted this restaurant during our little stroll around town. I could tell that this was the sort of place that typically caters to tourists: its location on Place du Général de Gaulle was great, the menu was varied (they specialize in oven-baked pizza) and prices seemed reasonable - it seemed perfect for tourists like us! We sat at a table...

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  • A fancier but still casual place in Ussé

    As we were about to leave Ussé and bike our way over to Chinon, I found myself with a bit of a sweet spot to be filled so we decided to grab some dessert out on the lovely terrace of this restaurant. I was immediately taken with the surprisingly casual atmosphere of the place - I say surprisingly, because you could have expected the staff of this...

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  • Grab a quick lunch next to Ussé Castle

    We found this little spot right across the street from the Château d'Ussé and thought it would be a good place to stop for lunch while enjoying its lovely setting and admiring the fantastic view it offered of the castle. The menu featured a variety of light meals like quiches and sandwiches all very reasonably priced. It's more like a snack bar...

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  • A nice patio in Azay-le-Rideau

    This place is very poorly rated on most websites so I can only assume there are better restaurants in Azay-le-Rideau, but for my part I really enjoyed my dinner at Le Relais de la Salamandre. We did take a look around before picking this place, but this was the one with the nicest setting (the outdoor patio is great!), and the most tempting menu. I...

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  • Traditional French food close to...

    We spotted this historic inn as we were approaching the castle of Villandy and, as it was getting close to lunch time, we thought we'd better stop and eat. There were a few other restaurants around, but this one featured "hachis parmentier" on its daily menu, a traditional French dish you don't get in many restaurants. So we took a seat inside the...

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  • Another OK place on Place Plumereau

    I'm sure that there are better restaurants in Tours then the ones located on Place Plumereau, but when you give just as much importance to the general atmosphere of a place as you do to the food (like I do), you can't really be disappointed when you choose to eat there. For our dinner in Tours I picked Le Lys d'Or, mostly because the menu featured...

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  • An OK place for lunch on Place Plumereau

    We got to Place Plumereau right after a heavy downpour that had sent customers running away from the terraces to find shelter. The situation was a bit chaotic as waiters were scrambling to remember who had ordered what, all the while trying to make sure no one disappeared without paying. Perhaps that's why the first waiter we bumped into was rather...

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  • For delicious Italian gelato

    During my cycling trip to France I developed a rather extreme craving for ice cream, and there was no better place to quench it than by going to Amorino. This gelato company first opened shop in 2002 on île-St-Louis, in Paris, and they now have about 100 shops located all over the world (the closest one for me being in St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, yet...

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  • The oldest - and therefore the best?

    When I asked the staff at my hotel where I should go for a cup of coffee in the morning, they told me that Pâtisserie Bigot was the place to go. Established in 1913, this bakery sure knows how to live up to its long-lasting reputation by making its own chocolate, which they then use to create delicious pastries and desserts. Because it opens later...

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  • Nice little cafe/bakery in Amboise

    Since my biological timeclock was still a bit messed up during my trip to France, I would usually wake up very early and be desperate for coffee. This little bakery quickly became my morning haven during the two days we spent in Amboise: it was the first one to open in the morning, there was indoor and outdoor seating available, the staff was very...

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  • Good creperie in Amboise

    For our second and last dinner in Amboise, I really wanted to eat out on Place Michel Debré. This pedestrian street, located just below the castle.of Amboise, is home to many restaurants and shops, and is sure to offer visitors a lively atmosphere on any given evening. Since I still hadn't eaten crepes in France, I thought this might be a good time...

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  • Italian restaurant by the Loire in...

    The main reason why we picked this restaurant was because there was a live band playing that night, and also because the setting looked pretty nice. La Scala has a large outdoor terrace located just in front of the Loire River on a fairly busy and therefore very lively street. I must admit that I enjoyed the ambience more than the food, but perhaps...

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  • A good option near Chambord Castle

    This little restaurant is located only a few steps away from Chambord Castle. There were a few other restaurants around, but this was the one that seemed to offer the most interesting menu and the nicest atmosphere (we ate outside on the terrace). They offer a surprisingly wide variety of bruschettas, along with a few more house specialties. We...

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  • Good bakery in Blois

    This little bakery was located just up the street from our hotel, and across the street from the train station. I went there on a few occasions, once because I woke up too early and breakfast service hadn't started yet at our hotel and the other time because I was looking for something light to snack on before dinner. On both occasions, I met with...

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  • Another great option in Blois!

    We booked this restaurant on the previous night because we knew we'd be starving at the end of our first cycling day and didn't want to have to shop around for a place to eat. As soon as we walked in, we received a very warm welcome and were told there would be table waiting for us on the patio the next evening. When we went back for our meal, they...

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  • Very nice lunch in Blois

    After spending the entire morning walking around the Blois castle area, we were starving when lunch time came around. The main reason why we picked this restaurant was because of its amazing location - it's located on a lovely street right at the heart of historic Blois, so lovely in fact that it amost felt like I was eating on a movie set! The...

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  • A good place for dinner in Blois

    We somehow managed to snatch the last open table at this very cosy, yet very popular restaurant. Le Castelet is located just slightly outside of the historic center of Blois, in the area called "Quartier des Arts". I picked it because the menu featured a wide variety of vegetarian options, something you don't see all that often in France. I ordered...

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  • Nice alsacian tavern in Orléans

    We had been walking around for a while looking for a place where we could have dinner before calling it a day. None of the fancier restaurants really appealed to us and we were somewhat early (around 6:30 pm) for dinner in France so none of the nice-looking spots on Rue de Bourgogne were ready to serve us food. We spotted this Alsacian restaurant...

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  • Charming family restaurant in...

    We've eaten here several times. It's the friendliest restaurant in Azay. You feel part of the family. You will find a few tourists, mostly families, but also many Azay citizens. The restaurant is quite reasonable in cost and the daily special is a bargain. We usually order the special unless we have eaten that particular dish a few times recently....

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  • Steaks seafood galore Saint Nazaire

    We were looking to eat and seeing all the usual names, and having found nothing we like in city center Saint Nazaire on a cloudy rainy day, upon stumbling to do our shopping we found this restaurant.Quaint and nice, so we decided to give it a try, so many choices here, oh my ;;;; again it was a surprise find. The Poivre & Rouge is a chain of beef...

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  • Amazing...

    Even if you don't want to see Chateaux, I would like to recommend you the Loire Valley.Even the light there is sweet and special and the sights too. You will have a beautiful honeymoon there but you can go there to fill the batteries also.I would recommend you to enjoy a french cake (or chocolate) in every village you'll find in that area,...

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  • Picnic on the Banks of the Loire

    As we left the Church of Cunault it was still raining , but a farmers market had opened. It was Sunday and we knew of no restaurant. We were prepared with paper and utensils, a knife-corkscrew but no cup. We bought everything except soup (even nuts) having decided to eat in the car. Luckily the rain stopped and we found the banks of the Loire...

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  • Buy Your Lunch at the Market

    One cane eat like a gourmet by lunching al fresco. There are "farmers' markets" all over the Pays on many mornings (just ask around). Dtermine the where and when before setting out. You can buy hundreds of types of cheese, pates, sausage meat, hearty bread, fruits and local wine. Be sure to pack a waiter-type knife and corkscrew in yourtoiletries...

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  • Luxury on the coast road

    This restaurant doesn't immediately jump out at passers by as it has a very discreet entrance -but just take a walk through to the dining rooms and you will see why I love it.The views of the Bay de Cayola from the terrace are to die for.Update - March 2007Rolland Raphael, the chef, has just been awarded his first Michelin Star. Well deserved...

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  • Good food, nice atmosphere

    Located near the waterfront in Vannes, Le Gambetta is one of three or four restaurants with outdoor seating and a view of the water. Moreso than the restaurant was the company we were with. Sitting down with our travel buddies and enjoying a French meal was great. In the US, people are always so rushed. Fast food, fast meals and little...

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  • Dinner at Le Grotte

    We enjoyed a great French meal at this restaraunt located in an underground cellar carved from the rock. One of the more unusual dishes was the Escargot Saucisse. The dish doesnt sound very good when translated to English ("Snail Sausage") but was actually suprisingly good.

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  • We Dined in Tours

    Our favorite dinner in Tours was at the Holiday Inn. (We had another great meal at the Grand Cafe Brasserie De L'Unviers). At the Holiday Inn the atmosphere was cool and quiet after a warm day touring. It really liven up after we met some ladies from Texas!. In the Holiday Inn we had a wonderful seafood and fish salad and wonderful wine

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