The Best of Bordeaux Restaurants from a local

Bordeaux is bursting with restaurants but which ones are the best? These are my favorites and Veronica who is an expert wine guide who works with me at Sip Wine Tours. She lives in Bordeaux and is as much a foodie as a winey!

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

Le Davoli (Italian traditional)
Solena – excellent each time I go
Cent 33 (Chartrons) menu created from seasonal produce
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 (very French):
Fine Dining – Le Pavillion de Boulevard (expensive, very traditional formal french)
La Tupina – heavy authentic cooking from the southwest –  classic and they are always open! south of city centre on quay
Le Chipiot traditional french on the way out of Bordeaux in Begles been going for 80 years
Le scopitone (traditional french central Bdx) basic french food, great value
Croc Loup (traditional french) good value
l’Aero (cours chapeau rouge central Bdx) basic french food,great value
La Belle Epoque (art Deco Viellard faïencerie)
Chez Dupont – fantastic bistrot old style in the Chartrons (the wine district and most villagey quartier of Bordeaux)
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
Soif wine bar (bio wines) and food is good too
Le Chien de Pavlov
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)

Brasserie-Style 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


Chez Dupont!
L Carré – 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 (near Hospital)

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

Fish & Seafood

Le Boite à Huitres

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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