10 Great French Restaurants For You Next Visit To France

by Sylviane Nuccio on February 8, 2014

in French Restaurants

Le Nord – Linternaute.com

I’m not going to lie to you, It’s a known fact that French restaurants are rather expensive.  Not only here in the US, but in France as well. I guess that’s because of the “value tag” that has been put on French food.

Today I wanted to give you a list of French restaurants in 4 French cities. South, South West, East and North of France.  If you like this type of information , over time I’ll cover more more restaurants in other areas of France.

Some of you may know that I’m From Lyon, which is nicknamed the “Capital of Gastronomy” so you can only imagine that Lyon has a lot of restaurants.

Let’s not forget that Lyon is also the city of origin to one of most famous Chefs in the world, Paul Bocuse who owns several restaurants there. So, let start with that dear city of mine.

In this post, you are going to discover 10 great French Restaurants that you may want to visit if you happen to pass by any of those areas on your next visit.

So, let’s start..


Le Nord 

Brasserie le Nord lenordbrasserie.com

Le Nord Restaurant is one of the restaurants own by Paul Bocuse. Of course the chef there is not Paul Bocuse who is now too rich, too old and too retired for this, but it has maintained the excellent reputation of the name behind it.

Le Nord Restaurant is located at 18 Rue Neuve, 69000 Lyon, France. It’s located where the Rhone and Saone rivers come together in the city, close to the Town Hall and Opera.

The North restaurant offers classic traditional cuisine with many specialties from Lyon.  It offers a warm setting and has worked to preserve it’s authenticity.

The price range is between $30 and $45 per person.

Open all year long from 12 PM  to 2:30 PM for lunch and 7 PM to 11 PM for dinner.

As you can see, dinner time is much later in France than it is here in the US, but it’s because French tend to have later and longer lunches, so they don’t need to have diner at 5 or 6 PM.

 Brasserie Georges 

Brasserie Georges – Linternaute.com

This is a classic French restaurant, and certainly one of  the most popular one in Lyon.  It offers a traditional French cuisine and live music. It’s a restaurant where you may have the opportunity to dine next to some famous people too.

Brasserie Georges is located at 30 Cours de Verdun, 69002 Lyon, France

The price range is between $27 and $34 per person.

Open everyday from 11:30 AM to 11:15 PM.  Open until 1:00 AM on Friday and Saturday.

Brasserie Leon de Lyon 

Brasserie Leon – Blog.BistrotsdeCuisine.com

This restaurant offers gastronomy Lyonnaise kind of food, and it’s rated as a good restaurant. it was created by famous French chef Jean-Paul Lacombe and it has been there for 40 years. It offers a warm atmosphere with good old French dining.

This restaurant is located at 1 Rue Pleney 69001 Lyon, in the first arrondissement.

Price range is between $27 and $60 per person.

Open everyday from 12 PM to 2 PM for lunch and 7 PM to 11 PM for dinner

Le Réminet

Le Reminet lafourchette.com

Le Réminet is a Restaurant in the center of Paris nearby Notre Dame.  There you can enjoy good food, and a charming staff will serve you  new or traditional French cuisine.

This restaurant is located at 3 rue des Grands Degrés  75005 Paris.

Price range is between $34 and $69 per person.

Open everyday from 12 PM to 2:30 PM for lunch and 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM for dinner.

 Café Barjot

Cafe Bajot lafourchette.com

Café Barjot is another restaurant in Paris that offers traditional cuisine in a beautiful and warm environment.

This restaurant is located at 18 avenue Ledru-Rollin 75012 Paris.

Price range is between $30 to $58 per person.

Open from 12 PM to 3 PM for lunch Monday – Saturday and until 2 PM on Sunday for lunch.

7 PM to 10 PM Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Open until 10:30 on Friday and Saturday and 9:30 on Sunday for diner.

La Table du Lancaster

La Table du Lancaster lafourchette.com

La Table du Lancaster is an expensive restaurant of fine cuisine in Paris. In the summer you can eat outdoor with the soft sound of water.

This restaurant is located at 7 rue de Berri 75008 Paris

Price range is between $67 to $127 per person

Open everyday from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM for lunch and 7:30 PM to 10 PM for diner.

La Terrasse – Le Méridien

Le Meridine lafourchette.com

This restaurant nicknamed “La Terrasse” real name “Le Méridien is located in the south of France, in the city of Nice on the most famous avenue of the city called “La Promenade des Anglais” (the British promenade).

There you can enjoy southern France dishes and a lot of sea food and fish.

This restaurant is located at 1 Promenade des Anglais 06000 Nice.

Price range between $48 and $67 per person

Open everyday from 10 AM to 5 PM

Brasserie Flo

Brasserie Flo lafourchette.com

Brasserie Flo is a rich cuisine restaurant serving local dish, in Toulouse, southern France. You can dine in an elegant Art-déco dining room.

This restaurant is located at 1 Quai de la Daurade 31000 Toulouse.

Price range between $39 and $58 per person.

Open 12 PM to 2:30 PM for lunch. 7 PM to 10:30 PM for diner.


Campanille lafourchette.com

Campanille is a very affordable restaurant serving contemporary and gourmet cuisine French restaurant located in Nantes. It’s also an hotel.

This restaurant is located at 8 rue Oceane 44811 Cedex Saint Herblain

Price range between $15 and $35 per person.

Open everyday from 12 PM to 2 PM for lunch and 7 PM to 10 PM for diner.

Le Mas des Oliviers

Le Mas des Oliviers lafourchette.com

Le Mas des Oliviers is another excellent traditional French cuisine restaurant in the Nantes region. The deserts are absolutely delicious.

This restaurant is located at Rue du Moulin de la Rousselière 44800 Saint-Herblain

Price range between $18 and $46 per person.

Open everyday from 12 PM to 2:30 PM for lunch and 7 PM to 10 PM for diner.

I hope you enjoyed those 10 French restaurant review and want to try them out if you happen to be nearby one of them. Let me know what you think in the comment area.



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1 Barbara Charles February 8, 2014 at 5:30 am

Hi Sylviane,

I always wanted to to visit France. I took 10 years of French and used to be able to speak fluently and always wanted to go to France. The above look interesting. I think I’d like to go to Brasserie Leon de Lyon first. Looks exciting and appealing. The other one I like is La Table du Lancaster because I like modern and chic. One day maybe soon I’ll get there!

Thanks for sharing. Looks fabulous!


2 Sylviane Nuccio February 9, 2014 at 3:32 am

Hi Barbara,

I hope you can make that dream come true and go check that Brasserie Leon in my home town.

Thanks for coming, and have a great Sunday!


3 Adrienne February 10, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Wow Sylviane, they all sound great but I think I’d love to enjoy a great dinner by the water. Of course for me not really having eaten French food before I wouldn’t know what’s good and what’s not but if it’s upon your recommendation then I know any of these would be wonderful.

They all look and sound great. Thanks for these shares so now I have to get myself to France.



4 Sylviane Nuccio February 10, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Hi Adrienne,

I would sure love to take you and other gals who enjoy this blog to one of those restaurants. I know the one by the sea is really cool.

I have a friend here who is originally from Ivory Cost, Africa, and who lived in France from age 14 to 22, so he is really part French and always wants us to go back for a visit. That would be really cool if we’d all go together one day.

Thanks for coming :)


5 Donna Merrill February 10, 2014 at 11:13 pm

Hi Sylviane,

The more I visit this blog, the more I want to visit France. Now show me a good restaurant and I’m there! You have shown me many and they all look great.

I do hope I get there one day, but in the meanwhile, I’m learning a lot from you when my dream vacation comes true.

Thanks Sylviane!



6 Sylviane Nuccio February 10, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Hi Donna,

I know, that’s what I was just telling Adrienne, we really need to go one day. I’d love to go with you guys and be your guide and interpreter. That’d be so cool :)

I’m glad you enjoyed those restaurants. Thanks for coming.


7 Christina Maria February 15, 2014 at 4:12 am

My husband cooks at Verjus, so I am more than happy to see this on your pick list! Breizh and Entrecote are also two of my favorites, and relatively inexpensive!


8 Sylviane Nuccio February 21, 2014 at 1:46 am

Thanks for coming, Christina. Good for you to have a husband who’s a cook!


9 Jeremy Norton February 15, 2014 at 11:55 pm

I really love this site. I learn so much about France and it does prepare anyone who may decide to visit the country.


10 Sylviane Nuccio February 21, 2014 at 1:46 am

Thank you Jeremy and thank you for coming.


11 Jeremy Norton March 29, 2014 at 8:06 am

French cuisine is one of the best. I’ll surely take not of these restaurants.


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