Changing Scene of Bordeaux Restaurants

Bordeaux is bursting with restaurants but you must book in advance to get into the popular ones. The scene is changing as Bordeaux is being infused with Parisians (only 2 hours from paris on the TGV train). Here are a mix of some of the traditional and newer ones from a local. Updated since Covid. 


Fine Cuisine

Miles (dégustation only, modern fusion, small)
Le Davoli (Italian traditional)
GaroPapilles (1 star)
Solena – excellent each time I go
Cent 33 (Chartrons)
Point Rouge (Great Cocktails! especially for those staying near train station) French fine dining great wine/spirit selection
Restaurant Influences (keep hearing great things but have not been myself) contemporary french/european
Bordeaux Institutions:
Fine Dining – Le Pavillion de Boulevard (very traditional formal french)
La Tupina – heavy authentic cooking from the southwest –  classic and they are always open! south of city on quay
Le Chipiot traditional french on the way out of Bordeaux Begles been going for 80 years
Le scopitone (traditional french central Bdx) great value
Croc Loup (traditional french) good value
l’Aero (cours chapeau rouge central Bdx) great value
La Belle Epoque (art Deco Viellard faïencerie)
Symboise (degustation dinners tue/wed only, lunch weekdays)
Pastel – bistronomique (next door to Symboise on quay)
Brunch (Sunday) la Grande Poste art deco (Palais Gallien) shows and music too
Madame Pang (modern dim sum/dumplings, trendy, great cocktails/wine list and fit out) saint pierre

Mampuku (fusion style, sharing plates, atmospherique)


On other side or river Bastide and very kid friendly 
 La Belle Saison (just opened, offer picnics and dining)
 Les chantiers de la garonne (massive sand pit for kids)


Centre Ville

Le Noailles (very traditional! Bdx institution)

La Brasserie Bordelaise – cant go wrong

L’entrecote (great for kids, steak and chips, no bookings but queues) Bdx institution

Le Bouchon Bordelaise (need reservation)

Café des Arts rue Victor Hugo open to late – Bdx institution


Le Carrée – place du marche de chartrons Excellent
Mirabelle brasserie with great happy hour drinks! (off tourist route in Chartrons)

If you are at the Gare St Jean

Le Cafè du Levant


Peppone (no booking) good pizza and pasta Bordeaux Institution (and Ragazzi Peppone on the Quais near to Porte Cailhau

Restaurant Osteria de Luigi (loved by Italians in Bordeaux)

Tentazione (Michelin) – very fine, you’d think you were in Italy

Elio’s – Sardinian food


Chinese (see above for fusion)

Dan (up market)

Bonheur du Palais

L’Hirondelle (authentic chinese, simple decor, on quai de richelieu)

Fish & Seafood

Le Petit Commerce (not only fish)

Chez Jean-Mi oyster bar Marché de Capucins

Moules de Cabanon
Restaurant le Merci!  – Begles out of town but beautiful site on the River, buffet Seafood!! (excellent) also tapas

Vegetarian and Vegetarian Friendly


Kitchen Garden

Greedy (organic food)

Tante Charlotte*

*also non-vegetarian


La Pelle Cafe (chartrons)
Cafe Piha (near pey berland)
L’alchemiste (l’intendence)
Cofete B (saint pierre)
SIP Coffee (pey berland)

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